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Ford Motor Co. knowingly launched two low-priced, fuel-efficient cars with defective transmissions and continued selling the troubled Focus and Fiesta despite thousands of complaints and an avalanche of repairs, a Free Press investigation found.

Ford Motor Co. knowingly launched two low-priced, fuel-efficient cars with defective transmissions and continued selling the troubled Focus and Fiesta despite thousands of complaints and an avalanche of repairs, a Free Press investigation found. (Kevin G. Hall/McClatchy/TNS)

DETROIT - Here are the key findings of the Free Press investigation of Ford Motor Co.'s decisions to use the DPS6 transmission despite its flaws.

- Ford knew its 2011 Fiesta and 2012 Focus cars had defective transmissions before the cars went on sale.

- Ford at one point in 2012 decided to change the transmission technology but didn't follow through.

- Customers have reported at least 50 injuries to federal authorities related to symptoms of the defect.

- Federal regulators inquired after four years of extraordinarily high consumer complaints and declined to open an investigation or order a recall.

- Internal Ford documents show the company cut corners to save money and boost fuel efficiency.

- Ford is facing billions of dollars in warranty costs and potential liability in lawsuits.

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