6 key findings from the investigation of Ford Focus, Fiesta transmissions

Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press on

Published in Business News

DETROIT -- Here are the key findings of the Free Press investigation of Ford Motor Co.'s decisions to use the DPS6 transmission despite its flaws.

-- Ford knew its 2011 Fiesta and 2012 Focus cars had defective transmissions before the cars went on sale.

-- Ford at one point in 2012 decided to change the transmission technology but didn't follow through.

-- Customers have reported at least 50 injuries to federal authorities related to symptoms of the defect.

-- Federal regulators inquired after four years of extraordinarily high consumer complaints and declined to open an investigation or order a recall.

-- Internal Ford documents show the company cut corners to save money and boost fuel efficiency.


-- Ford is facing billions of dollars in warranty costs and potential liability in lawsuits.

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