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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