Ford DPS6 Powershift Lawsuit: Fiesta and Focus Owners Seek Relief Over Defective Transmissions

Ford DPS6 Powershift Lawsuit: Fiesta and Focus Owners Seek Relief Over Defective Transmissions

On March of 2020, a proposed class action settlement against Ford alleging DPS6 Powershift transmission defects was formally approved. The settlement covered all 2012 through 2016 Ford Focus and Ford Fiesta vehicles equipped with the now infamous 6-speed automatic transmission.

Naturally, 2017-2019 Fiesta and 2017-2018 Focus owners experiencing the same questionable transmission behaviors, were feeling a bit left out.

As such, owners of these vehicles have since filed their own class action against Ford.

Owners allege the DPS6 transmission slips, bucks, and experiences a delay in downshift among many other complaints – all of which ultimately lead to premature transmission failure.

If you own a MY2017-2019 Fiesta or MY2017-2018 Focus equipped with the DPS6 Powershift 6-speed transmission, here’s what you need to know.

Brief History: Ford Powershift DPS6 Transmission Problems

Ford’s Powershift 6-speed transmissions have a long and storied history, starting with the 2011-2016 Ford Fiesta and 2012-2016 Focus models. Forum thread after forum thread, owners complained of erratic transmission behavior.

And while designed to be a perfect blend of an automatic and manual transmission, it turned out, it was anything but. In fact, the transmission was subject of various class-action lawsuits in the U.S. and even other parts of the world due to shifting issues and other alleged defects.

The problem became so widespread that even Consumer Reports placed the 2012-2016 Focus on its Cars Most Likely to Need a Transmission Replacement and What to Buy Instead list. That’s kind of like being on Santa’s naughty list.

But on March 5, 2020, a settlement was reached, but did not include owners of the MY2017-2019 Ford Fiesta and MY2017-2018 Focus vehicles. This despite being equipped with the exact same allegedly defective DPS6 Powershift transmission.

As one can imagine, owners of these vehicles were naturally a little confused.

Now 2017-2019 Ford Fiesta and 2017-2018 Focus owners have taken up their own class action lawsuit against Ford for alleged defective 6-speed Powershift transmission.

Lawsuit Alleges Ford Concealed Transmission Defects to Buyers

Ford publicly has never acknowledged that the Powershift Transmission has inherent engineering flaws. This despite Ford issuing multiple Technical Service Bulletins (“TSBs”) to dealers, but never alerted vehicle owners of known problems with the transmission.

And despite numerous complaints from customers, Ford allegedly concealed, and continues to conceal, the transmission defect.

In fact, customers had been told that the transmission defects were “normal driving conditions” despite TSBs sent to dealers.

And despite the March 5, 2020 legal settlement and press coverage, Ford actively continued to sell and lease the Class Vehicles through the 2019 model year with the known defective PowerShift Transmission.

Making matters worst, DPS6 Powershift transmissions have no known repair. Ford workers even spoke out to the Detriot Free Press that there is no permanent fix for the PowerShift Transmission, despite their best efforts.

New Ford DPS6 Powershift Transmission Lawsuit Alleges Premature Transmission Failure

2011-2016 Ford Fiesta and 2012-2016 Focus vehicle owners allege that a design and/or manufacturing defective with the PowerShift Transmission causes the vehicles to experience the following behaviors:

  • Slipping
  • Bucking
  • Kicking
  • Jerking
  • Harsh engagement
  • Premature wear
  • Sudden acceleration
  • Delay in downshifts
  • Delayed acceleration
  • Difficulty stopping vehicle

These defects allegedly cause premature internal wear of the gears, and eventually lead to costly catastrophic transmission failure.

Ford Models Affected

The following Ford models are affected by this defect:

  • 2017-2019 Ford Fiesta
  • 2017-2018 Ford Focus

Status of the Ford Powershift Transmission Class Action Litigation

Class Action Currently Active

This is an active class action lawsuit. This suit has been brought on behalf of the Plaintiffs and a class of current and former Ford Fiesta and Ford Focus vehicle owners and lessees.

Barnes et al v. Ford Motor Company et al. Case No. 2:22-cv-06147, was filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Questions About This Lawsuit?

MyCarVoice.com is not counsel or the settlement administrator in this class action lawsuit. Our goal is to inform owners of these vehicles of the recent lawsuit. This post will be updated when/if new suit information is released.

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Last Updated on September 23, 2022

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