The Ford Fiesta and Focus mounting scandal might have only come to light recently but the issue was already known by some of the employees from the start.
According to the Detroit Free Press, the issue was already revealed before the car went on sale but the employees claim that the company discouraged them from speaking about it or voicing out their concern and most of them did for fear of losing their jobs.
The issue was with the DPS6 dual-clutch PowerShift six-speed transmission that was fitted to about 2million units of the Ford Focus and Ford Fiesta back in 2011 and 2012. The new transmission uses the dry-clutch which was said to be inconsistent with the friction coefficient. Since then, owners of both models have filed more than 4300 complaints with NHTSA.
Right now, a federal court is looking at a class-action settlement of $35million for the owners.