Ford PowerShift Transmission Defect



Owners of the Ford “PowerShift” Transmission have experienced numerous problems.  This includes 2011-2016 Ford Fiesta and Ford Focus vehicles.


A class action has been filed entitled Vargas, et al. v. Ford Motor Company and Cusick, et al. v. Ford Motor Company, alleging breach of implied and express warranty.  That lawsuit is currently pending in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, Case No. CV12-08388 ABC (FFMx) and 15-cv-08831-AB-FFMx. The lawsuits alleges Ford:

  • failed to disclose the fact that the PowerShift transmission contains one or more design and/or manufacturing defects that cause problems and unsafe conditions, including, but not limited to, suddenly lurching forward, delayed acceleration, and sudden loss of forward propulsion.

Owners of these defective vehicles may be entitled to compensation for loss of use, diminished value, or other claims.  We offer a free consultation on your case.  

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Chevrolet Tahoe, Silverado, and Suburban Air Conditioning Problem


Are you having problems with your Chevy Tahoe, Silverado, or Suburban A/C system?  You may be entitled to compensation.

1. Typical Problems with the Air-Conditioning System

car air conditioning

Owners of the Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe 2014-17 have experienced multiple problems with the air-conditioning system. A class action has been filed and owners may be entitled to compensation. The problems have included leaking condensor, blowing hot air,

The diagnosis has included,
* Leaking condenser with replacement needed,
* Faulty hose,
* Air-conditioning additive.

Despite systemic problems, the manufacturer has periodically refused to pay for the repair.


2. Inconvenience

Chevrolet Silverado owners have been deprived for weeks or even months of a functioning AC System. Other consequences may include engine stalling because the AC System’s compressor is powered by the engine’s accessory drive belt.


3. Causes

One claim explains, automotive AC systems, including the AC Systems in Class Vehicles, are “closed loop” systems that circulate a gaseous refrigerant to cool vehicle cabins. When operating as intended, AC systems should not consume refrigerant or allow it to escape the system. Thus, a vehicle’s AC system will cease to produce cold air only if a system component ceases to function properly, or if the system develops a leak that allows the refrigerant to escape. See General Motor Air-Conditioning Complaint.


4. Claims

As the class action complaint says, “GM was and remains under a continuing duty to disclose to Plaintiffs and the members of the Class the true character, quality and nature of the Class Vehicles, that the Defect results from a poor design and/or failures in the manufacturing process, will require costly repairs, poses safety concerns, and diminishes the resale value of the Class Vehicles, in addition to causing Class members to pay out of pocket to repair their Vehicles once the Defect manifests. ”

Additionally, if the compressor seizes while the AC System is in operation, it may place excessive strain on the drive belt, and thereby the Vehicles’ drivetrain, which can result in engine problems.


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Welcome to Our Blog

This site contains material about laws, cases, and claims under the lemon law and other statutes.  We offer a free telephone consultation so please contact us if you are having problems with a defective vehicle.  Here is an overview.


1. Requirements under Lemon Law

“I think my car is a lemon.”  Many consumers have checked mileage and time periods but unfortunately there is more.   In practice, the law requires proof of a defect or problem — simply saying you are dissatisfied or worried about the car’s safety or reliability may not be enough.   In New Jersey administrative claims, an expert may be needed; otherwise, the manufacturer will presents its own representative to say the car is performing within specifications, no codes display, and the problems alleged involve characteristics of the car.   If the problem has been fixed, the case will lose in the lemon law administrative court and should be settled or filed elsewhere.


2.  Consumer Fraud and Other Claims

“I have a defective car, but checked and I don’t meet lemon law guidelines.”  You may still have a claim because there are a number of laws that can apply.  The New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act prohibits deception, fraud, and unconscionable conduct.  Express warranty claims involve the failure of the company to perform the warranty it provided.  Unless a car was sold as-is, there is an implied warranty that the car is reasonably fit.

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