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Ford knew Focus, Fiesta models had flawed transmission, sold them anyway

Ford knew Focus, Fiesta models had flawed transmission, sold them anyway

Ford Fiesta sold despite transmission problem

Ford Motor Co. knowingly launched two low-priced, fuel-efficient cars with defective transmissions and continued selling the troubled Focus and Fiesta despite thousands  of complaints and an avalanche of repairs, a Free Press investigation  found.

The cars, many of  which randomly lose power on freeways and have unexpectedly bolted into  intersections, were put on sale in 2010-11 as the nation emerged from  the Great Recession. At least 1.5 million remain on the road and  continue to torment their owners — and Ford.

The  automaker pushed past company lawyers’ early safety questions and a  veteran development engineer’s warning that the cars weren’t roadworthy,  internal emails and documents show. Ford then declined, after the depth  of the problem was obvious, to make an expensive change in the  transmission technology.

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Source: Ford knew Focus, Fiesta models had flawed transmission, sold them anyway

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