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Ford F-150 (2017-2020) Class Action Lawsuit Over 10-Speed Automatic Transmission Defects

Fri 18th Feb, 2022 by in Blog

Originally written by John Hanson, Esq. on January 22, 2022

Current or former owners of Model Year 2017-2020 Ford F-150 vehicles equipped with the 10R80, a 10-speed automatic transmission, need to pay attention to their rights. Current or former owners of these vehicles should be aware that the California lemon law and other state and federal laws may force Ford to either “buy the vehicle back,” or provide other important compensation if these vehicles exhibit a defect in the transmission.

That can mean a large cash refund and payoff of your loan or lease. This could be as much as everything you paid for the vehicle and everything you owe: monthly payments, down payments, tax, finance charges, license, registration, etc. In fact, you could even qualify for two times your money back, depending on the circumstances. There is a formula in the law, that starts with you getting all your money back and then taking certain deductions and exclusions away from your payment. Those refunds and exclusions are difficult to understand and can be fought against by knowledgeable consumer attorneys.

According to the Complaint filed over this issue on behalf of owners and lessees of these vehicles, they contain defects in the 10R80 transmission, a 10-speed automatic transmission. This alleged defect “can cause the transmission to shift harshly and erratically, causing the vehicle to jerk, lunge, and hesitate between gears”.

The lawsuit alleges and consumers have reported that the transmissions in these vehicles also can exhibit the following symptoms:

  • Clanking noise
  • Jerky and rough acceleration and deceleration
  • Delayed engagement of the transmission and gears holding too long then roughly slamming into gear
  • The vehicle fails to speed up when trying to accelerate
  • The transmission slips and jerks while accelerating and shifting gears.

Your options if you own a Ford F150 (2017-2020) and are experiencing transmission problems

For many people, a class action may provide significant benefits and does not require much effort to participate if that case is settled. It also comes with no risk, as the claims have been resolved. But for others, particularly where they may have had multiple repairs to or complaints about the alleged defect pursuing individual claims may provide them an opportunity to receive a better recovery, in a shorter period of time, but with no guarantee, they will get anything in a settlement.

When it comes to vehicle claims, what to do can be a complex decision, as it can depend on many factors, such as:

  • how old is your car?
  • have you had transmission problems?
  • have you taken it in for repairs on one or more than one occasion?
  • do you still own the car?
  • is the car still under warranty?
  • Where do you live?

At Quill and Arrow, we know how frustrating it can be to deal with manufacturers during your lemon law claim, especially when they keep pushing you towards arbitration. Luckily, even if you have signed a forced arbitration clause, the FAIR Act allows you to override the clause and bring your lemon law case to court. However, once you are in court you will need proper representation to defend your case against the manufacturers lawyers. Quill and Arrow is committed to building you the strongest case possible so that you prevail in court. We are highly experienced, and we know we can help you. Please give us a call at 310-933-4271 to set up a free case evaluation, and remember, you pay nothing until we win your case.

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