Ford Motors reportedly continued to sell Focus and Fiesta models even after knowing of safety issues with the transmissions. The Detroit Free Press reports that thousands of consumers complained about the models suddenly losing power while driving on freeways and unexpectedly accelerating into intersections. Ford reportedly ignored early questions about safety issues, opting not to make an expensive change to the transmission's technology despite concerns from engineers. The company reportedly told customers to try and fix the transmission despite internal knowledge of faulty technology. At least 1.5 million of the cars remain on the road. Ford said the internal concerns were "challenges common to innovative new technology" and said the company "acted quickly and determinedly to investigate the problems."
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