Ford Subpoenaed By U.S. DOJ Over Focus, Fiesta Transmission Documents

Ford has been subpoenaed by the United States Department of Justice over documents related to the transmissions used in roughly 2 million Focus and Fiesta models sold throughout this decade, reports the Detroit Free Press.

The outlet found that the subpoena actually dates back to this past April in Case No. 126, and was issued by a District of Columbia grand jury requesting “all documents, communications and electronically stored information” relating to the automaker’s actions involving the DPS6 PowerShift gearbox.

Meanwhile, a Ford spokesman stated that the company has cooperated with the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) with regards to DPS6-related issues beginning in 2014, as per Autonews Europe.

Also read: Ford Recalls 1.5 Million Focus Models In America Over Engine Stalling Fears

Over the years, Ford has been trying to enhance transmission performance in a number of ways, including by extending warranties for customers from five years/60,000 miles to seven years/100,000 miles.

The U.S. carmaker has been involved in litigation due to faulty transmissions for several years, and earlier this year, former CEO Mark Fields was even ordered to testify in what amounts to at least one such case.

The previous-generation Ford Focus has certainly not been without fault as far as the U.S. market is concerned. Its most recent struggles took place last year when approximately 1.5 million units had to be recalled due to a fuel system issue that could cause the engine to stall.

The reason was found to be a malfunctioning canister purge valve that may become stuck in an open position, leading to “an excessive vacuum in the fuel system which could cause deformation of the vehicle’s plastic fuel tank.” Eventually, this could stall the engine while driving and/or not allow the driver to restart the vehicle.

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  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    Good, throw the book at them.

    This whole Powershift debacle is pure BS.

  • EyalN

    VW gearbox is not any better or the diesel engine

    • calmdownbro

      Well, many automatic shifters suck. But that’s no real consolation for buyers. Even the new 10 speed sucks. Just doesn’t work out most of the time.

  • db

    Ford must have known they had this coming when they signed off on the DCT.

    • khc

      Their engineers knew, but upper management didn’t care – going for those better EPA fuel economy numbers.

      • db

        I guess they got their numbers but the rebound cost is going to eat them alive…

  • Paul

    Considering they knew they had problems with this thing and still continued along their merry way there at Ford, I think they deserve this.

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