FordThe plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against Ford have asked a federal judge in California to approve a $77 million settlement resolving claims of defective transmissions in some Ford vehicles, stating that class members have already received more than $47 million through an arbitration program.

In their renewed motion for preliminary approval of the settlement, the plaintiffs state that Class Members may be rewarded a cash payment of up to $25,000 or more for returning a vehicle that they could have been driving for many years.

In addition, the plaintiffs state that, in some cases, the Class Members may not need to be in possession of their vehicles to receive the cash payment.

And unlike consumers pursuing individual lemon law cases, who have waited several years for a jury trial, Class Members with valid lemon law claims can obtain complete relief within 3 months after first providing notice to Ford, through a speedy process paid for by Ford,” the motion claims.



The original Ford class action lawsuit was filed by Omar Vargas in September 2012, who claimed that the transmission in the Ford vehicles caused them to slip, buck, jerk, and suddenly accelerate. In addition, Vargas claimed that the transmissions caused delayed acceleration and delays in downshifts.

The class action lawsuit claimed that Ford violated consumer protection laws, breach of express warranty, and breach of implied warranty under the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act.

A settlement in the case was made in October 2017, but that settlement was appealed in February 2018 by objectors who complained that that the deal was not large enough. Those objections have now been withdrawn, according to the motion for preliminary approval.

If the judge approves this round of settlement motions, it would put to rest all claims that the Class Members have had for the defective Powershift transmissions in the 2011 to 2016 Ford Fiesta and 2012 to 2016 Ford Focus models.

“The proposed Settlement is the culmination of lengthy discussions between the Parties, consultation with their experts, comprehensive discovery, and thorough analysis of the pertinent facts and law at issue,” states the motion for preliminary approval of the Ford class action lawsuit.



This new settlement would also include a guarantee by Ford that they would pay a minimum of $30 million for the cash portion of the settlement and a $20 payment to Class Members who claimed that they have been “turned away” from obtaining a transmission repair, among other stipulations.

Under the deal, Class Members who visited their Ford dealers three or more times for service repairs can receive up to $2,325 or a certificate toward the purchase of a new Ford, the motion states. Ford has also agreed to pay up to $8.8 million in attorneys’ fees.

“Due to the settlement’s consumer-friendly rules and speed of resolution, most class Members would do better under the arbitration program rather than in court and Ford has already paid $47.4 million to class members for claims proceeding under the settlement’s repurchase remedy,” states the motion for preliminary approval of the settlement.

Do you own a Ford that is part of this settlement? Leave a message in the comments section below.

The plaintiffs are represented by Ryan H. Wu of Capstone Law APC, Russell D. Paul of Berger & Montague PC and Thomas A. Zimmerman of Zimmerman Law Offices PC.



The Ford Transmission Class Action Lawsuit is Vargas, et al. v. Ford Motor Co., Case No. 2:12-cv-08388, in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

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53 Comments

  • Sharon Smith February 20, 2020

    I have a 2012 Ford Focus, we have taken it to the dealer three times the transmission issues, yesterday they told us it would be 2000+ to fix. My husband mentioned the recall and how we have brought the car in several times to be repaired. They told him they will not honor this. Help!!!

  • Lizette Saldarriaga February 18, 2020

    I have a 2010 Ford Fusion and I also have transmission issues.

  • Jeff February 18, 2020

    I currently have a piece of junk 2012 Ford Focus with 126,000 miles and in need of a clutch replacement. Ford offered to fix it for $3100. It has been to the dealership 7 times for hardware replacement and software programming. Because of mileage they have declined to take the hit for this which is total BS. If they had fixed the problem in the first place maybe the clutch would have had more life than 126k miles, but that’s the problem…they can’t fix it. The service manger actually told me that. Early clutch replacement is a result of bad shifting and this car is super good at that. The car is no longer drivable which sucks because it is excellent “cosmetic” condition, so it is sitting in my driveway. After reading all of the class action information I don’t think I will be compensated, so I will hold on to it for a bit and see what happens.

  • Michele Wesley February 15, 2020

    My 2016 Ford Focus has been in and out of the dealership 4 times for transmission/clutch .Ford has replaced transmission & clutch 3 times. Ford knew these cars where damaged malfunctioning with a mechanical problem that can’t be fixed . Ford didn’t do anything to stop these damaged cars from being sold to unsuspecting customers. What are we the consumer support do?

  • Janeen Totten February 15, 2020

    I have a 2010 Mercury Milan with transmission problems are they included in the lawsuit?

  • Doris Fredendall February 15, 2020

    same here

  • PATRICIA WALKOWICZ February 15, 2020

    I currently own a 2012 ford focus with the jerking, stalling, hesitating, etc problems. I took it 3 separate times to the dealer and was told that there was nothing wrong with it. As of this date, the problems still exist. I hope that this lawsuit is just not in California, but country wide.

  • Paula February 14, 2020

    I have a 2000 Ford Explorer with many issues

  • Jonathan Emerson February 14, 2020

    My daughter owns a 2013 Ford Focus. As I recall, it was taken to the dealer at least two or three times for various transmission related problems. The cars transmission would jerk, hesitate and make loud mechanical sounds as you drove it (I doubt she has the paperwork from those repairs, but, I may have saved one of the receipts) The car has had numerous other issues including purge valve issues related to the gas tank, which caused the vehicle to stall and stop on a busy road, twice.

    She claims she has developed PTSD from all the problems, and has no doubt been lucky that no major harm has come to her while operating her car. I feel bad for her, the car has been a nightmare, and I share the blame for finding the car for her.

    She is still driving the car, and really needs a break from this awful vehicle. She dreams of one day owning a trouble free car.

  • Deloris Morgan February 12, 2020

    I had to replace transmission in my ford Taurus !!!

  • Dianne C Bell February 12, 2020

    Owned a 1999 Ford Explorer and had to replace transmission after 7 months of getting it.

  • Gina Cowart February 12, 2020

    I purchased a used 2012 Ford Focus in January of 2013 and had issues with the jerky/jittery transmission from the first day I bought it until August of 2017, when I traded it in. At first, it wasn’t as noticable because I lived in a smaller town and drive at mostly consistent speeds. When I moved to a larger city a few months later, and had to contend with lots of stop-and-go traffic, there issue was glaring!

    There were some recalls/service bulletins on the car during the time I owned it, so of course I went to the dealership to have the service. I told the dealership about the issues with the transmission, they said they said they checked it and test drove the car but didn’t experience the jittery transmission. I had researched the issue online and told them many drivers of 2012 and newer Focus’s were complaining about the same thing, but they held firm that my car’s transmission was fine. Finally I received a service bulletin for the Transmission Control Module (TCM), I thought for sure that would be the fix, but it wasn’t. I believe the transmission was built to be a manual and they took a shortcut to turn the manual into an automatic and screwed over their customers by cutting corners and pinching pennies.

    I didn’t want to trade my car in, but I finally did after nearly 5 years. I was hoping to pay it off and be without a payment, but here we are.

    I’m glad they are finally answering for this!

  • Tina R Williams February 12, 2020

    I purchased a Ford Focus in 2014 from Universal City Nissan in California, and immediately I started experiencing transmission problems: I live in the IE and had to travel through the Cajon Pass daily and my car would shut off midway, I was so scared and I called UCN on several occasions for this problem with no response. My life was in danger!!!

  • Eric Tate February 12, 2020

    I Purchased a Ford focus brand new in 2015 within two weeks I start to have small problems till now it became major issues where It feels as if something is holding the car back a lot of jerky motion I took it to the dealer and they install a new clutch (Which was recalled and I wasn’t aware)and I do not feel like jerking as much but it’s a slow sluggish start, and now there’s a hole in the plastic radiator reservoir and coolant began to leak I spoke with the technician about it and they told me they had nothing to do with it which in fact it wasn’t leaking before.
    I have literally been having problems with this ford focus from day one and now I’m stuck with it.

  • Roberto Garcia February 12, 2020

    I have a 2012 Ford Focus, had the TCM replaced once. For the past 3 months the transmission has been giving me many problems. Will jerk when shifting, not accelerate, go into neutral while driving. I didn’t bother into getting fixed since they will probably replace the transmission with another faulty one. I bought a 2020 Toyota Camry and only drive the Focus to work.

  • Chuck margherio February 12, 2020

    I have a 2014 focus and have had it at the dealer for warranty work on the transmission and it still has the problem how do I get info to see if I’m in this group also thanks

  • Curtis Dolley February 11, 2020

    I have a 2014 Ford Focus with a jerky trans. Have had it fix because it still drives

  • Steven B February 11, 2020

    We have owned or leased about 3 Ford F-150 vehicles that have multiple transmission problems and have had 20 service appointments to try and correct the issues

  • Esenia S. February 11, 2020

    I owned a 2012 Ford Fiesta. I had issues with the transmission and the dealer kept saying it was the clutch and blamed it on the way I was driving. I believe the clutch was replaced 3 times. I couldn’t take it the instability and decided to trade it in.

  • Bruce Higgins February 11, 2020

    This issue is much deeper than this. I have had 3 Ford Taurus, (1996, 2002 and 2008) which ALL currently have and/or had Transmission issues! I replaced at my own cost 2 transmissions and the bills prior to the replacement in the 1996 and 2002. My current Taurus has transmissions issues, especially after and sometimes during the use of the Air Conditioner. Why would someone punish themselves knowing the Taurus has issues with the transmission you ask? Mainly because I and a large man and the Taurus is very accommodating to a man my size. Its a shame this settlement isn’t for other Ford vehicles with transmission issues as well because all the symptoms appear to be the same.

  • Margaret Gould February 11, 2020

    Our 2014 Ford Focus needs a new transmission. We opted not to fix it, so were driving with an unsafe transmission that doesn’t accelerate evenly or predictably.

  • Jennifer Moyer February 11, 2020

    I am taking my 14 Ford Focus to the dealership again tomorrow, for the clutch that was already repaired once. I am taking it in as well, due to the fuel tank recall. My first Ford car, and I am so disappointed.

  • Theresa Perkinson February 11, 2020

    Just bought my 2016 Ford Fiesta in November 2019 and has been in the shop 2 times all ready for smaller repairs, but a lot of them. With what I’m reading about these other cars, I sure hope I don’t have problems with the transmission, because I drive it about 200 miles a day and need it to take my husband to work. He is the only one working. So with only one income I can’t have a car breaking down all the time. Please put me on the list if at all possible. Thanks.

  • Linda of Michigan February 9, 2020

    I no longer own my 2016 Ford Focus that also falls under everything noted in the class action lawsuit, am I still able to get involved in the lawsuit.

  • Sharon Parker February 9, 2020

    I have a 2015 Ford focus and live in north carolina. Had my clutch replaced 3 times in 4 years. But am not eligible for class action against ford, why?

  • Carla Dixon February 8, 2020

    I purchased a 2014 Ford Focus in 2016. I’ve had 4 repairs on the transmission since the first year of purchase. I paid $1900 out of pocket in 2018 to have the trans clutches replaced because I was told the car was no longer under warranty. 4 mths later, the trans is stalling again. Filed for arbitration and was qualified. I was offered a check or I could have Ford pay for trans repairs. I chose to have Ford pay for the repairs. Worst decision ever. 8 mths later, my car was back at the dealer due to trans issues again. I filed for arbitration again and was qualified. I took my car to 2 different Ford Dealers and AAMCO and they all said the trans needs to be replaced. Being that I’ve had so many repairs done on the trans, I decided to receive a check from Ford instead of allowing them to pay for the repairs. I was offered a $3,000 check. I accepted the offer last week, but due to all of the problems I’ve had with my Ford Focus….pain and suffering….being inconvenienced….I should be given a higher amount. Having a Ford vehicle has been so stressful. Almost 4 years of transmission issues. Smh Its ridiculous.

  • cynthia martinell February 7, 2020

    we have a 2013 Ford Focus, has been in the ford shop for “clutch replacement” 12 x. it is in there now and getting a whole new one again. this car model/make was prototype they tell me for its transmission. supposed to act like a stick but it is an automatic (for the gas conserving). didn’t work. they extended my warranty for up to 100,00 or until June whichever comes first. is this what you are referring to? Cynthia Martinelli (910) 742 6553, 120 red bird lane, hampstead, NC 28443

  • Dustine Traver February 7, 2020

    We had a 2018 Mustang and had to have the transmission completed replaced a month or 2 after buying it. Do we qualify for compensation. Had it to the dealer after that too.

    • Dara Doss February 9, 2020

      I too have had a 2016 ford fiesta & white ford fiesta…i remember my car would overheating & I had to take it to get fix also there was a time when it would just cut off like why…please don’t hesitate to reach out to me…really luv my cars.

  • Deloris Morgan February 5, 2020

    Add me. I had to replace my transmission in my ford Taurus shortly after buying it !!!

  • Heather Timone February 5, 2020

    I own a 2013 Ford Focus. Here is what I have thus far dealt with… The repairs I had to pay out-of-pocket the past few years for this vehicle, which include transmission repair, transmission replacement, replacement of all locks, brake line repair, and engine wiring splice repair, have put me into a deep debt; yet I still continue to have problems with the failed power steering, radio, hatchback lock, and possibly the purge valve. These repairs seem futile and useless, as the car keeps completely failing at an alarming rate. After the power steering went out while I was on the freeway, I have decided that this car is no longer safe for my family, nor the public. I used to firmly believe that Ford was a great company that cared about the safety of its customers, but with the numerous harrowing situations this faulty car has put me in, I’m doubting it more every day. This car has less than 85,000 miles on it and I am purely appalled at the amount of problems I have had. This is unreasonable and unacceptable for a car that has less than 85,000 miles on it. Ultimately, I am interested in having a safe and reliable car to transport me and my child. I am taking my car in today to have the power steering fixed. Sounds like it will be another $1500.00 to $2500.00. 🙁

  • ami campbell February 5, 2020

    2015 Ford Focus. I have 4900 miles on this car, Unable to drive it, Its been to the shop twice for repairs. Yes, mileage is correct.

  • Cathy libby February 5, 2020

    I had a new Ford Focus and had nothing but problems, then traded for for escape it had transmissions problems 3000$ to fix then bought brand new Ford Explorer and it had problems I lost sooooo much money for repairs and down payments and regular payments I hate fords now

  • Teri Mathews February 5, 2020

    Please add me

  • Rick KELFER February 4, 2020

    We have been told by our ford dealer that this normal, well I believe this not normal. The car,a 2014 ford focus, has hab transmission problems since day one always to be told it’s normal. My elderly mother drives this car and it has stopped in the middle of an intersection several times. The ford dealer reprogrammed it once a nd it helped for a while. What can be done? Advice please.

  • CARA HALL February 4, 2020

    I have a 2013 ford fiesta tranny jerks and rattles dealership says it’s “normal” please help

  • Victoria February 4, 2020

    I have a 2015 Ford Focus and has been having trouble with it since I purchased it in 2015.

  • Victoria Baxley February 4, 2020

    I have a 2015 Ford Focus and has been having trouble with it since I purchased it in 2015.

  • LATANYA Marie THREATTS February 4, 2020

    Please help I had a 2015 Ford Focus

  • Teresa Leonard February 3, 2020

    We had a 2010 ford escape that had faulty throttle body chiffon b problem threat we paid 398. Twice to get it fixed and finally traded it in taking a loss to get rid of it because it was unsafe to drive.

  • Emiliana Crigler February 3, 2020

    I have a 2012 Ford Focus that has been sitting in my driveway for almost 3 years. I’ve tried to talk to ford but they are no help. I have taken my car in for recalls and service but the problem was never fixed and sometimes it was made worse. We were too afraid to drive the car. Please help

  • Brandi February 3, 2020

    Had transmissions issues with my 2002 F150 and replaced transmission in my 2005 Expedition at 50,000 miles. No longer own either because of transmission issues.

  • Morgan January 31, 2020

    I have a 2012 Ford Fusion with an automatic transmission that has transmission slippage and jerking when accelerating from a stopped position and when it downshifts as well. I bought the car with 63k miles on it, and ford has refused to do a diagnostic on it without a $200 charge after I was told by their customer service dept. That the transmission diagnostic would be free. I purchased in Florida.

  • Kathleen Gauger January 30, 2020

    I bought a 2014 Ford Focus. Ford knew about transmission problems for years and did nothing. My claim was denied, you must make 3 transmission related repairs and submit receipts first. My car broke down last summer (left us in a very dangerous situation as I could not back up — could only drive forward but only about 4 miles an hour). Crack in transmission case; mechanic said he never encountered this problem. Two thousand dollars in repairs. Two more to go and I might get a penny or two out of this settlement. Don’t hold your breath. Had to close out retirement fund to pay for it and get my only means of transportation back. I asked the Northampton Ford dealership mechanic when Ford will fix the actual transmission and he laughed in my face and said, “NEVER”

  • Johnnie M Davis January 30, 2020

    I have a 2007 ford an have had the same problem but i am from alabama .the dealer in my area has a recall on my car but because of this problem my car has been setting .

  • Naomi Tilley January 30, 2020

    I have a 2013 Ford Focus Hybrid whose transmission needed be replaced, due to these exact same problems. I lost work due to the needed repairs.

  • Barbara Broads January 29, 2020

    I have a Ford F250 that has been having the same problems for awhile. I still own this truck and would like it fixed. Not sure what all years and models are covered.

  • Joyselle Grogan January 29, 2020

    I have a 2015 ford focus, it was worked on by the ford dealership for hesitating while trying to accelerate. Almost got in a few accidents. Was told my car was fine. JOYGROGAN93@GMAIL.COM

  • Doriann Byrd January 29, 2020

    My transmission went out in my 2008 f150

    Can I be part of lawsuit?

  • Angela D Hammons January 29, 2020

    We have a 2006 Mustang and have had numerous problems with the transmission. Is it too late to do something?

  • PETER LIU January 29, 2020

    add me. driving a ford f250 here.

  • Vivian Rogers January 29, 2020

    I have 2013 Ford Focus.and the car keeps slipping. How can I get it fixed? Hiw can become part of the ckass action suit?

    • Jen January 29, 2020

      I had a 2013 ford focus that had same problem with slipping transmission.

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