Ford Motor Co. on Tuesday said it's recalling 58,000 of its Focus auto models equipped with certain engine types to correct a flaw that could potentially stop the vehicle. The recall affects 2012-17 Ford Focus models, including 2013-14 Focus ST hatchbacks equipped with a 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine. Most of them, around 57,400, are located in the United States and federalized territories, 400 in Canada and 480 in Mexico.
These vehicles should have received new calibration software under a previous recall, but didn't, meaning they might not able to detect a malfunctioning canister purge valve.
No collisions or injuries related to this issue have been reported. "If this occurs, the customer may observe a malfunction indicator light, inaccurate or erratic fuel gauge indication, drivability concerns or loss of motive power".
Ford says anyone affected can take their cars to their dealers, which should reprogram the software and replace any parts that were affected. Affected Focus models were built at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne between October 7, 2010 and July 23, 2012; August 24, 2016 to April 13, 2017 and May 3, 2012 and December 11, 2014. That can potentially deform the fuel tank.
Ford recommends owners of affected vehicles keep their gas tanks at least half full until recall repairs are performed to prevent the vehicle from unexpectedly running out of gas.