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:
Repurchase of your vehicle through an arbitration procedure
Cash payments totaling up to $2,325
Discount Certificates of up to $4,650 toward a new car purchase
This website provides you with important information with respect to the Settlement, and the website will be updated as new information becomes available.
Please be advised that the deadline for submitting certain repurchase arbitration claims was recently extended by 30 days, as noted below in the "Claim Submission Deadlines" section.
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
|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 (recently 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.|
|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.