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2012, 2017 Ford Focus, 2013-2014 Focus ST: Recall Alert

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 57,400 model-year 2012 and 2017 Ford Focus cars equipped with 2.0-liter GDI engines (manufactured between Oct. 7, 2010, and July 23, 2012, and between Aug. 24, 2016, and April 13, 2017, at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich.), and model-year 2013-14 Ford Focus ST cars equipped with 2.0-liter GTDI engines (manufactured between May 3, 2012, and Dec. 11, 2014)

The Problem: The powertrain control module software used to service vehicles in accordance with a previous recall was incomplete; the cars didn’t receive the intended calibration software that will detect a malfunctioning canister purge valve, which may become stuck in an open position. This could possibly cause an excessive vacuum in the fuel vapor management system, deforming the fuel tank, which may result in an engine stall while driving — without warning or the ability to restart the vehicle — increasing the risk of a crash; Ford said the driver also may observe a malfunction indicator light, inaccurate or erratic fuel gauge indication, or other drivability concerns.

Ford said it is not aware of any accidents, injuries or fires as a result of the issue.

The Fix: Dealers will reprogram the powertrain control module and check for fault codes, replacing the canister purge valve as needed. If the valve is replaced, dealers will inspect and replace the carbon canister, fuel tank and fuel delivery module as necessary. All repairs will be done for free.

What Owners Should Do: Ford did not immediately announce an owner-notification schedule, though owners were notified for the previous recall beginning Dec. 10, 2018. Owners can the automaker at 888-436-7332, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit its website to check their vehicle identification number and learn more.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Service & Repair to find your local dealer. To check for other recalls, and to schedule a free recall repair at your local dealership, click here: Ford Focus; Ford Focus ST

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