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Ford asks US dealers to repair affected Focus and Fiesta models for free, Auto News, ET Auto

New Delhi: Ford Motor Co. has asked its US dealers to give free repairs to the faulty PowrShift dual-clutch transmission of Focus and Fiesta cars, that the company launched knowingly, Automotive News has reported.

The offer comes after several Ford Focus and Fiesta owners have reported a problem with their car’s AutoShift dual-clutch transmission.

These affected vehicles belong to the 2011-17 batch and many of them are out of warranty now.

The memo published in the report says Ford has told its US dealerships to make arrangements to diagnose the vehicle and repair as necessary.

Previously, Ford faced class-action lawsuits because of the faulty transmissions in 2011-16 models that caused jerking.

The American automaker reached a settlement in 2017 in the class-action lawsuit that covered 1.9 million vehicle owners.

However, the deal is being challenged in California federal court on the grounds that not enough owners would be compensated.

The Automotive News also reported that former Ford CEO Mark Fields has been called this month to testify in the ongoing litigation surrounding the troublesome transmissions.

Source: Automotive News

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