"This is a bombshell report on Ford’s systematic efforts to hide transmission safety defects and mislead consumers to buy faulty cars. Ford knowingly put American families and children at risk — this indifference to safety is inexcusable," said U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat, in a joint statement to the Free Press.
"NHTSA must take the thousands of complaints it has received from scared consumers seriously and immediately open a defect investigation into the Ford Fiesta and Focus vehicles to identify how deep Ford’s lies are buried," the lawmakers said. The Free Press investigation found at least 4,300 complaints to federal safety officials related to the transmission problems for the 2011-16 Fiesta and 2012-16 Focus.
Markey and Blumenthal oversee highway safety and transportation issues as members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.
Ford spokesman TR Reid responded to the congressional calls for review.
"Automobiles using the DPS6 transmission were and remain safe to drive," he told the Free Press. "Ford’s work and comments on these vehicles have always been thorough and truthful."