Ford Focus and Ford Fiesta PowerShift Transmission Settlement

If you are a current or former owner or lessee of a 2011-2016 Ford Fiesta or 2012-2016 Ford Focus vehicle that was equipped with a PowerShift Transmission and was originally sold or leased in the United States (including territories), you may be affected by a nationwide settlement that has been reached in litigation concerning the PowerShift Transmission. You might be eligible for the following benefits, among others:

 

 

This website provides you with important information with respect to the Settlement, and the website will be updated as new information becomes available.

On March 5, 2020, the District Court entered a Final Approval Order of the Settlement. Please visit the “Case Documents” section of this website to see the Final Approval Order, and the renewed motion for Final Approval of the Settlement, which describes amendments to the Settlement. The Settlement became effective on April 7, 2020. Current and former owners or lessees of Class Vehicles may submit claims for benefits under the Settlement. Please check this website frequently for updates.  

Basic information regarding the Class Settlement and a summary of the Class Member benefits can be found under the Class Member Benefits tab.

CLAIM SUBMISSION DEADLINES

Claim Description
Deadline
Claims for cash payments/vehicle discount certificates/clutch repair reimbursement for repairs that were performed on your vehicle on or before April 7, 2020 October 5, 2020
Claims for cash payments/vehicle discount certificates/clutch repair reimbursement for repairs that were performed on your vehicle after April 7, 2020 180 days after the repair(s) for which you seek payment
Claims for a one-time $20 cash payment if you experienced Transmission problems and sought relief, but a Ford Dealer refused to make hardware or software repairs because the Dealer claimed that there was nothing wrong with the vehicle and did not subsequently make hardware or software repairs. The later of (1) 180 days after the date on which the Ford Dealer refused to make repairs, or (2) October 5, 2020.
Requests for repurchase arbitration The later of (1) six years after delivery of your vehicle to the first retail purchaser, or (2) November 4, 2020 (extended from October 5, 2020).
Requests for breach of warranty arbitration Expiration of the statute of limitations for express warranty claims established by the law of the state in which you purchased your vehicle.

 

 

IMPORTANT DATES

Event
Date
Preliminary Approval Date   April 25, 2017         
Notice Date July 14, 2017
Opt-Out Deadline   September 5, 2017         
Opt-In Deadline  September 5, 2017
Objection Deadline September 5, 2017
Fairness Hearing February 28, 2020
Final Approval Date March 5, 2020
Effective Date April 7, 2020


CURRENT STATUS OF THIS MATTER:

The parties in Vargas v. Ford Motor Company, C.D. Cal. Case No. 2:12-cv-08388-AB-FFM, have reached a nationwide settlement which was granted preliminary approval by the Court on April 25, 2017. On March 5, 2020, the Court issued a Final Approval Order of the Settlement. The Effective Date of the Settlement was April 7, 2020. The "Case Documents" section of this website contains the Final Approval Order, and the renewed motion for Final Approval of the Settlement, which describes amendments to the Settlement.

Class Members may submit claims for benefits under the Settlement, including cash payments, vehicle discount certificates, and vehicle repurchase arbitration or breach of warranty arbitration. Please see the "Submit a Claim" section of this website for more information about how to submit a claim for benefits under the settlement.

 

If you have already filed a claim and need to update your claim in any way (such as a change in your claimed information, election of payment method, or your contact information), you may email the Claims Administrator at ClaimUpdate@FordTransmissionSettlement.com.
Be sure to provide both the initial information submitted with your claim (the information you wish to change) as well as your updated information. You must also include your full name and Claim ID (which will start with the letters “FVS” and was either printed on your original notice postcard or provided when you filed your claim online). This mailbox is not equipped to handle questions about the Settlement and is reserved only for updates to an existing claim.