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CanadaSettlement in Ford Fiesta and Focus class-action lawsuit approved

15:40  15 may  2019
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+ A class action settlement in Canada over an alleged design defect for some owners of certain Ford Focus and Fiesta models is on its way in Ontario, but still has to be approved by a court. A national class action lawsuit has been launched against Ford Motor Company and Ford Motor

There is light and perhaps money at the end of the tunnel for some owners of Ford Fiesta and Focus vehicles now that a Canadian court has approved a class-action settlement over the cars' problem-plagued dual-action transmissions.

Current owners may be partially refunded what they paid for their vehicles, according to class-action lawyer Ted Charney, with compensation determined by how often they were forced to replace faulty clutches. Those that lease may get a total refund on payments, less usage.

The settlement, which was approved earlier this month by an Ontario judge, covers the 2011-2016 Fiesta and the 2012-2016 Focus. It's estimated 160,000 of the cars have been sold in Canada.

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The class action settlement should be rather good for owners and previous owners of Fords equipped with the troublesome Powershift gearbox. Ford . Update 10/19: The settlement has been approved . First, “these cars” refers to 2012 – 2016 Ford Focus and 2011 – 2016 Ford Fiestas

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Halifax resident Jordan Bonaparte went public in 2016 with his concerns about the PowerShift dual-clutch transmission. His Focus had started acting strangely about a month after he bought it in 2013.

"It would go from bumping to, all of a sudden, the car would jerk forward five or seven feet," he said. "The biggest issue at first was my fear of hitting the car in front of me or slowing down and having the car behind me hit me."

He was especially concerned because he had purchased a new vehicle to ensure his new baby would be safe. In the end, after two transmission replacements and needing a third, he and wife stopped driving the Focus because he didn't think it was safe on the road.

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Bonaparte's story touched a nerve with other owners who shared their concerns with CBC News and Transport Canada. The problems included shuddering, delayed acceleration, sudden acceleration and sudden loss of power.

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The federal department said it subsequently received more complaints about the issue than any other in the past 10 years. As of this month there have been 1,936 complaints, although the department said it "is not aware of any injuries or collisions occurring as a result of the transmission performance in these vehicles."

The settlement also offers what Charney calls "modest relief" for people like Bonaparte who sold their vehicles rather continue to drive a car that didn't seem fixable.

If they had three or more transmission hardware part replacements they may be eligible for $250 or a $500 Ford certificate. The amount increases as the number of replacements increases to a maximum of almost $3,000 or an almost $6,000 Ford discount.

Settlement in Ford Fiesta and Focus class-action lawsuit approved © Yvonne Colbert/CBC Halifax resident Jordan Bonaparte was the first Ford owner to speak out publicly about his Focus and its erratic behaviour.

Charney said when negotiating the settlement, he was well aware transmission replacements only seem to fix the problem for a period of time.

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The automaker is facing potential legal action as a law firm in California hopes to undo an earlier Litigation surrounding the dual-clutch automatic transmissions found in the Fiesta and Focus has existed for years, and most recently, Ford entered a settlement with owners in a class - action lawsuit .

For current owners that meet certain criteria, Ford must install a new clutch with a two-year warranty.

This class-action lawsuit differs from others in that there is not a specific amount of money attached to it. The judge who approved it suggested it could cost Ford $50 million, but Charney said at this point "nobody really knows," partly because it also covers those who have problems in the future, something most class actions do not.

"The program will be open for probably another five years until the 2016 cars are off warranty," he said.

He said it is intended to cover a whole variety of situations involving people who have the cars over multiple years.

The settlement also includes an option for Ford to buy back vehicles, but at the automaker's discretion.

Settlement in Ford Fiesta and Focus class-action lawsuit approved © Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Lawyer Ted Charney said this class-action settlement is unusual because it also provides relief for vehicle owners who experience problems in the future. (Submitted by Charney Lawyers)

Owners can get full information from the website of the settlement administrator, RicePoint. A claims form is expected to be posted there by the end of this month. After that, it's expected to take six to 12 months to process them.

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Too many owners of affected Ford Focus and Fiesta vehicles were led to believe the company planned to buy back their car and pay them thousands of dollars.

The 2011–2016 Ford Fiesta and the 2012–2016 Focus have a dual-clutch automatic transmission that is the subject of a class - action lawsuit and With million involved in the pending class - action settlement in California, that's not much money in the pipeline for the estimated 1.6 million current

In Australia, Ford was ordered to pay a $10 million penalty in April 2018 for what the Competition and Consumer Commission called "unconscionable conduct" in the way it dealt with transmission complaints about the vehicles. It is one of the largest penalties handed down by the commission, which it said "reflects the seriousness of Ford's conduct."

In the U.S., a settlement was reached but it's been appealed by some owners who felt it didn't provide enough compensation. A decision from the courts is expected later this year.

Advice for those who've been wronged

As for the man who blew the whistle on the vehicles, Bonaparte said he feels proud to have played a part in exposing the problem.

"I didn't think it would lead to these followup stories and people from all over the country coming forward, but I'm glad it did," he said.

His advice to others who feel they've been treated unfairly: "Protect yourself by being thorough, doing your research and documenting everything and ultimately not giving up."

Transport Canada opened a defect investigation into the vehicles back in November 2016. When asked about the status of the two-and-a-half year investigation, a spokesperson simply said it's "ongoing."

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