Vehicles Affected: Approximately 5,300 model-year 2013-16 Ford Focus cars equipped with the 1.0-liter Fox GTDI engine and B6 manual transmission, and model-year 2013-15 Fusion sedans equipped with the 1.6-liter Sigma GTDI engine and B6 manual transmission
The Problem: Repeated high-energy clutch slip input made while a driver changes gears can lead to premature clutch lining wear, which may cause cracks around the outer edge of the pressure plate. Structural failure or fracture of the pressure plate eventually may occur, leaking transmission fluid near an ignition source and leading to an increased risk of an engine compartment fire.
Ford said it is not aware of any fires, accidents or injuries associated with the issue.
The Fix: Dealers will update Focuses with software that will detect and prevent prolonged clutch slip, and will evaluate the clutch for wear and replace it as needed, for free. Fusions will be updated with a new clutch assembly, also for free.
What Owners Should Do: Ford did not immediately announce an owner-notification schedule. Owners can call the automaker at 866-436-7332, 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.
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