Plaintiff accuses Ford Motor Company of selling him vehicle with defective transmission

By Nicholas Malfitano | Sep 26, 2017

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PHILADELPHIA – A Ford Focus's transmission is the subject of a lawsuit for alleged violation of commercial laws/

Anthony Bonawitz of Philadelphia filed suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas on Sept. 11 versus Ford Motor Company c/o CT Corporation System, of Harrisburg.

On Feb. 21, 2017, Bonawitz bought a 2013 Ford Focus manufactured and warranted by the defendant, and both purchased and registered in Pennsylvania. The price of the vehicle was in excess of $15,000, including registration charges, document fees, sales tax, finance and bank charges, but excluding other collateral charges not specified yet defined by the Lemon Law.

The plaintiff claims ineffective repair attempts made by the defendant “substantially impaired” the vehicle and made it worthless. The plaintiff reported the Ford Focus’s transmission was defective, and said more than two repair attempts to fix it were both unsuccessful, the suit says.

For alleged violation of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, the Uniform Commercial Code and Pennsylvania’s Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law (UTPCPL), the plaintiff is seeking damages in an amount three times the purchase price of the subject vehicle, plus all collateral charges and attorney’s fees, with a total judgment not in excess of $50,000.

The plaintiff is represented by David J. Gorberg of David J. Gorberg & Associates, in Ardmore.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 170900753

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