Plaintiffs in a settlement with Ford Motor Co. have until the 16th of this month to get reimbursed for brake repairs if they own or used to own a 2000 or 2001 Focus car. The class-action settlement between Ford and California owners of its 2000 and 2001 Focus models brings an end to a legal fight over whether the Detroit automaker produced a car whose front brakes were defective. Plaintiffs in the case claimed that 2000 and 2001 models of Ford’s popular Focus contained a defect that caused premature wear on the front brakes and rotors, requiring replacement. Ford argued that the wear was normal and not covered under the cars’ warranty. Many consumers were apparently having to pay hundreds of dollars for premature replacements of their Ford Focus front brake pads and rotors.
Ford says the settlement applies to a small group of customers who had concerns about wear of particular parts in certain early model Focuses, and the affected customers have been notified. The settlement, approved on July 28th in Los Angeles County Superior Court, allows anyone who bought or leased a new 2000 or 2001 Focus in California to be reimbursed for the costs of parts and labor for certain repairs or replacements. So far, the average claim for reimbursement has been $350, although some claims have exceeded $1,200. Steve Skalet, a lawyer with the firm Mehri & Skalet, represented the plaintiffs.
Source: Associated Press
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