The Ford 10-speed automatic transmission is a crucial part of the automaker’s powertrain portfolio and has been equipped on a number of popular Blue Oval products for over six years. However, during that period, lawsuits regarding the transmission have been filed by plaintiffs who claim that it is defective. As Ford Authority previously reported, three lawsuits about the transmission have been filed in 2023 alone. While all of the cases are ongoing, Car Complaints has provided an update on one of them, and unsurprisingly, Ford wants it dismissed.
Daniel McCabe v. Ford Motor Company was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts (Eastern Division). The plaintiffs allege that the Ford 10-speed automatic transmission is defective and that the automaker has known it is problematic since 2018. They claim it impacts owners via erratic shifting, jerking, lunging, hesitating, and clunking. According to the suit, Ford began issuing its first technical service bulletin in 2018 regarding Ford F-150 pickups that experienced delayed shifting. To that end, the plaintiffs claim that the following vehicles equipped with the 10R80 transmission are defective:
- 2017 to present Ford Expedition
- 2017 to present Ford Mustang
- 2017 to present Ford Ranger
- 2017 to present Ford F-150
- 2017 to present Lincoln Navigator
During a recent court hearing, Ford dismissed claims that it has not offered adequate repairs for the transmission and said that the lawsuit should be dismissed because the plaintiffs don’t allege that they tried to get their vehicles repaired while they were under their respective warranties. Additionally, Ford says the plaintiffs have continued to use their vehicles, negating their claim that they’re unsafe. The Blue Oval also said that any Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act claims must be dismissed because the legislation requires 100 named plaintiffs, while Daniel McCabe v. Ford Motor Company only has four. It also said that the plaintiffs failed to adequately allege fraudulent misrepresentation as it relates to the claim that the automaker knew about defects with the transmission.
Regardless of the outcome of this particular lawsuit, the Ford 10-speed automatic transmission isn’t going away anytime soon. As Ford Authority previously reported, it will continue to be produced at the Livonia Transmission and Sharonville Transmission plants into 2028.