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A federal judge approved on Thursday a Ford Motor Co. class-action settlement that will result in the repurchase of thousands of defective Ford Fiesta and Focus vehicles for up to $22,000 apiece, according to lawyers who crafted the agreement.

“You could see where this settlement could end up costing Ford hundreds of millions of dollars, potentially $500 million,” said Michael Kirkpatrick, a lawyer at the nonprofit Public Citizen consumer advocacy group, who successfully argued against both Ford and the class-action law firm for re-review of the case in 2019 to get a better deal for consumers.

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