Ford Mustang MT82 Manual Transmission Defect Class Action

The MT82 manual transmission in certain Ford Mustang vehicles has a defect, the complaint for this class action claims: It allegedly slips, jerks, clashes gears, and harshly engages. These actions, the complaint alleges, cause “premature internal wear, increased shift efforts, an inability to drive, and eventually [] a catastrophic failure.”

The class for this action is all individuals in the US who bought or leased any 2011 through 2019 Ford Mustang equipped with an MT82 or MT82-D4 manual transmission. Also defined are CLRA, Implied Warranty, California, Delaware, Florida, and New York Subclasses.

According to the complaint, the flaw doesn’t only consist of unpleasant effects while driving: “The slips, jerks, gear clashes, harsh, difficult [sic] and inability to shift are related to internal issues within the transmission and clutch components causing hydraulic systems and gears not to function properly, resulting in a decomposition/failure of parts throughout the transmission. This damage to the transmission imposes escalating repairs on consumers, including having to replace the defective transmission with a new transmission.”

The complaint claims that Ford used to use Tremec and Borg Warner transmissions but has now “changed suppliers, opting for cheaper Chinese made Geltrag transmission to reduce cost.”

“On information and belief,” the complaint says, “the MT82 and MT82-D4 transmissions were adapted from an earlier application in smaller vehicles, including four-cylinder vehicles with much lower horsepower than the [vehicles involved in this case]…. Because the synchronizers were designed for lower-horsepower applications, they are insufficiently robust for use in the high horsepower application Ford Mustang vehicles. Accordingly, the synchronizers fail to spin up the shaft quickly enough to engage the gears, causing failures.”

The complaint says the vehicles are therefore prone to “premature transmission failures at rates and in a manner that do not conform to industry standards.” This decreases the value of Mustangs.

According to the complaint, repairing the transmission or installing a new one does not solve the problem, because the vehicles still end up operating with the same defective transmission.

The complaint alleges that Ford is aware of the defect and has been “since the introduction of the transmission.” It has issued seven Special Service Messages (SSMs) and Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs) relating to the shifting defect and other transmission problems.

Postings at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and online trade-publication articles also describe the problem. However, the complaint alleges that Ford has hidden the defect from consumers.

The complaint claims that the defect “presents a safety risk to riders, causes damage to components over time, and makes vehicle equipped with the defective transmission dangerous and uncomfortable to ride.”

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Automobile

Most Recent Case Event

Ford Mustang MT82 Manual Transmission Defect Second Amended Complaint

May 26, 2020

The MT82 manual transmission in certain Ford Mustang vehicles has a defect, the complaint for this class action claims: It allegedly slips, jerks, clashes gears, and harshly engages. These actions, the complaint alleges, cause “premature internal wear, increased shift efforts, an inability to drive, and eventually [] a catastrophic failure.”

Ford Mustang MT82 Manual Transmission Defect Second Amended Complaint

Case Event History

Ford Mustang MT82 Manual Transmission Defect Second Amended Complaint

May 26, 2020

The MT82 manual transmission in certain Ford Mustang vehicles has a defect, the complaint for this class action claims: It allegedly slips, jerks, clashes gears, and harshly engages. These actions, the complaint alleges, cause “premature internal wear, increased shift efforts, an inability to drive, and eventually [] a catastrophic failure.”

Ford Mustang MT82 Manual Transmission Defect Second Amended Complaint
Tags: Defective Automobile, Transmission