Ford’s PowerShift transmission has been in hot water for quite some time now. The automaker was previously hit with class-action lawsuits in Thailand and Australia last year with regards to the faulty PowerShift transmission units. However, the automaker’s PowerShift woes aren’t over just yet. New reports say that Ford could soon be penalized $4 billion for allegedly lying to customers in order to sell cars fitted with the faulty transmission.
More than 1.9 million unhappy customers, who purchased or leased a 2012-2016 Focus or 2011-2016 Fiesta equipped with PowerShift transmissions, are claiming that Ford lied in order to sell the cars to unsuspecting buyers. The company then blamed drivers for any problems they experienced with the transmission thereafter.
Specifically, the legal filings say that the 6-speed dual-clutch transmissions were prone to “shuddering, slipping, bucking, jerking, hesitation while changing gears, premature internal wear, delays in downshifting and, in some cases, sudden or delayed acceleration”.
In response to the allegations, the automaker told the Detroit Free Press that “Ford is committed to providing our customers with top-quality vehicles. We continue to deny the allegations in this lawsuit, but rather than continuing with the litigation, Ford entered into a settlement agreement with lawyers representing these plaintiffs. That settlement is fair and appropriate and we look forward to final court approval.”
Unlike the previous settlements which were about the transmission's faulty manufacturing, the new lawsuit aims at the possibility that Ford was allegedly aware of the transmissions’ problems, but did nothing about it. A decisive ruling will likely come in December this year. Depending on the court's decision, Ford could be faced with a $4 billion settlement in order to compensate customers affected.
Source: Detroit Free Press