Just last week, Ford announced a new recall that included 1.5 million Focus hatchbacks. The problem causes the car to stall and not restart. This Ford Focus hatchback recall is the second for the company in October.
What Vehicles are Included in the Ford Focus Hatchback Recall?
In North America, there are almost 1.5 million vehicles involved. 1,282,696 of these cars are located in the United States with another 136,000 in Canada and 44,000 in Mexico. The Ford Focus hatchback recall involves 2012-2018 vehicles that feature a 2.0-liter direct injection engine (either gasoline or diesel).
What’s the Problem?
The Ford Focus hatchback recall stems back to the car’s fuel evaporative system. The charcoal canister’s purge valve might stick open. This allows a vacuum to build up in the fuel tank. If enough builds up, the tank might shrink and deform. This causes inaccurate fuel readings as well.
On top of that, Ford stated that the car’s malfunction indicator light might activate as well. If there’s an excess of vacuum in the fuel tank, this might wear out the fuel pump sooner. If the situation isn’t resolved, low fuel pressure will continue.
What are the Next Steps?
Ford isn’t aware of any injuries, crashes or fires at this point. Until they can resolve the issue, they recommend keeping a half-full tank of gasoline. Recalls are repaired free of charge and it will include a software update to prevent pressure buildup. The dealer will also replace any damaged components caused by the recall.
If you didn’t receive a notification, but want to check your vehicle, you can do that at the NHTSA website. Simply enter your VIN number to see if you need repair. You also could reach out to your local dealership to see if you need to bring your car in. They will also run your VIN number for information.
What do you think of this latest recall? It’s not the largest Ford recall in history which is a plus.