Thursday June 22, 2017 | Category: Consumer Protection
Do you own or lease a Ford Focus manufactured between 2012 and 2016 or a Ford Fiesta manufactured between 2011 and 2016? If you answered yes, you may have a claim for damages against Ford.
Who is affected?
Owners and leasees of defective 2012 to 2016 Ford Focuses and 2011 to 2016 Ford Fiestas.
What’s wrong with the vehicles?
Certain Ford Focus and Fiesta vehicles may be equipped with defective “PowerShift” transmissions. The transmissions may jerk, hesitate and shudder when accelerating and/or decelerating.
Is there a class action?
Yes. A class action lawsuit was filed. The law suit alleges that Ford knew the PowerShift transmissions were defective and a safety hazard but concealed that knowledge from consumers.
Ford has agreed to settle the lawsuit. The settlement is awaiting approval from the court.
Should you opt out of the class action?
If you do not “opt out” of the class action settlement, you are automatically included as a class member. This means you are bound to the relief that the Court approves for all affected consumers.
If you opt out, then you are not bound to the class settlement. Your claim could be higher than what is available in the proposed agreement. You may be able to recover more money by opting out of the class action and hiring an attorney.
Following graduation from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, Eric Stevenson held a number of positions including Assistant State Attorney in the First Judicial Circuit of Florida. Eric has been practicing with partner Christopher Klotz since 2015 litigating personal injury and car accidents in Alabama and Florida.