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.
Class members can now submit claims for benefits under the settlement, but please be aware that claims will not be processed or paid, and no arbitrations will take place, until the Effective Date.
Please be advised that an appeal of the Court's Final Approval of the Settlement has been filed, and the Effective Date cannot occur until the appeal has been resolved, which could take more than a year. Please check this website frequently for updates.
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING CLAIM SUBMISSION DEADLINES
The parties have agreed to extend by 60 days the deadline for filing certain claims under the Settlement Agreement. If you want to file a claim for cash payments/vehicle discount certificates or clutch repair reimbursement based on repairs that were performed on your vehicle prior to December 1, 2017, you must submit your claim no later than June 15, 2018. If you sold or returned your leased vehicle prior to December 1, 2017 and you wish you pursue repurchase in arbitration (and your state’s lemon law allows repurchase claims based on vehicles that were sold or returned), you must submit your request for arbitration no later than June 15, 2018 or the expiration of the applicable state statute of limitations, whichever is earlier.
ALL CLASS MEMBERS SHOULD BE AWARE that, for qualifying repairs performed on or after December 1, 2017, the deadline for submitting claims for cash payments/vehicle discount certificates or clutch repair reimbursement is 180 days after the last repair on which the claim is based. If you have sold or returned your vehicle, and if your state’s lemon law allows repurchase claims based on vehicles that were sold or returned, the deadline for submitting a request for repurchase in arbitration is 180 days after you sell or return your class vehicle or the expiration of the applicable state statute of limitations, whichever is earlier. If you still own your vehicle, requests for repurchase in arbitration must be submitted within six years after delivery of your vehicle to the first retail purchaser.
|Notice Date||July 14, 2017|
|Opt-Out Deadline||September 5, 2017|
|Opt-In Deadline||September 5, 2017|
|Objection Deadline||September 5, 2017|
|Fairness Hearing||October 2, 2017|
|Final Approval Date||October 18, 2017|
This website provides you with important information with respect to the Settlement, and the website will be updated as new information becomes available.
If you purchased/leased a Ford Focus (2012-2016 models) or a Ford Fiesta (2011-2016 models) equipped with a PowerShift dual-clutch automatic transmission, you might be eligible for the following benefits, among others:
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. A copy of the Settlement Agreement is available under the "Case Documents" tab on this website.
Notice was mailed to known potential class members in early July, 2017. Please be aware that postcards regarding the Settlement were sent inadvertently to some owners or lessees of vehicles not included in the Settlement Class. These vehicles include 2011-2016 Ford Fiesta vehicles and 2012-2016 Ford Focus vehicles equipped with a manual transmission, 2012-2016 Ford Focus Electric Vehicles, and 2016 Model Year Focus SE vehicles equipped with a 1.0L Engine and an optional 6-speed Automatic Transmission with SelectShift.
On October 18, 2017, the Court granted Final Approval to the Settlement. Class members can now submit claims for benefits under the settlement, but please be aware that claims will not be processed or paid, and no arbitrations will take place, until after all appeals have been exhausted or expired. Please check this website frequently for updates.