PHILADELPHIA – A recently-filed lawsuit against Ford Motor Company alleges that a Ford Focus vehicle exhibited several defects and in the process, violated federal and state commercial laws.

Kimberly A. Schmidt of Lock Haven filed suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas on Oct. 17 versus Ford Motor Company c/o CT Corporation System, of Harrisburg.

On June 30, 2014, Schmidt bought a 2014 Ford Focus from Bob McCormick Ford in Lock Haven, manufactured and warranted by the defendant, and both purchased and registered in Pennsylvania. The price of the vehicle was in excess of $26,501.04, 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 suit says.

The plaintiff claims five unsuccessful repair attempts made by the defendant “substantially impaired” the vehicle and made it worthless, with problems including the air conditioner blowing warm air, the moon roof which was unable to close, the shifter lining up and a shuddering transmission.

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 Robert A. Rapkin of Kimmel & Silverman, in Ambler.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 171001928

From the Pennsylvania Record: Reach Courts Reporter Nicholas Malfitano at

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