SOURCE: Mehri & Skalet, PLLC

August 05, 2008 06:00 ET

Consumer Class Action Involving the 2000 and 2001 Ford Focus Settled for Cash Refunds

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - August 5, 2008) - On July 28, 2008, Judge Victoria Chaney of the Superior Court of California, Los Angeles County, granted final approval of the settlement of the Class Action providing reimbursement to California owners and lessees of the 2000 and 2001 Ford Focus for front brake repairs. Under the settlement, Ford is making full reimbursement -- in cash -- for qualifying repairs and claims. This ruling clears the way for reimbursement checks to be issued to Class members who submit valid claims by September 16, 2008.

Representative plaintiffs in the case are Melissa Ecker, Felita Jones and Keith Mukai. They and the Class are represented by Mehri & Skalet, PLLC, Seeger Weiss LLP, Irvine Law Group, LLP, and Gergosian & Gralewski LLP. Steven A. Skalet of Mehri & Skalet and Christopher Seeger of Seeger Weiss are Lead Counsel for Plaintiffs.

Plaintiffs alleged that the 2000 and 2001 models of the Ford Focus contained a systemic brake defect that caused premature wear and required replacement or repair of the front brakes and rotors. Because Ford contended that such repairs were excluded from warranty coverage, Class members were left to pay for these repairs, even during the 3 year/36,000 mile "bumper to bumper" warranty. Repairs that are eligible for reimbursement under the settlement must have been completed during the warranty period, and include any first brake repair at or prior to 18,000 miles of service and any additional repair within the original warranty period. Documentary proof of the repair, including the cost, mileage and date of the repair, must be provided; many Class members who cannot locate such records have been able to obtain copies from the dealerships or other service facilities where the repair work was completed. Those who need assistance with obtaining records are encouraged to contact Class counsel.

Steve Skalet stated, "Plaintiffs fought hard for the Class, and the settlement provides for a full refund of all labor and material costs for eligible claims without any cap or reduction based on the number of claims made." Eligible claims filed to date have averaged about $350.00, with some claims exceeding $1,200.00. S. Ron Alikani, who originally investigated consumers' complaints regarding their Ford Focus front brakes problems, added, "Many consumers have expressed to us their frustration about having to pay hundreds of dollars for premature replacements of their Ford Focus front brake pads and rotors. I am delighted that in the near future they will receive checks for their qualifying claims."

Notices and Claim Forms were mailed directly to the original owners and lessees at their last known address, after preliminary approval of the settlement. Class members can obtain additional information, including the Notice and Claim Form, on the internet, at www.focusbrakeclass.com and through a toll-free number (866-287-3696).

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Lee-Ann Foster
    Mehri & Skalet, PLLC
    (202) 822-5100