Ford Motor Company announced that it is recalling 1.5 million Ford Focus vehicles. The recall is a response to an issue that is causing the vehicles to stall.
Engine Stalls Leave Ford Drivers in Potential Danger
In a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on October 24, Ford stated that the problem involves the “canister purge valve.” If this device malfunctions, it could cause “excessive vacuum” in the fuel vapor management system. The excessive vacuum can cause the vehicle’s engine to stall while it is in motion, with no prior warning and with no way to restart. This could easily cause a dangerous accident.
According to NHTSA, the recall is for specific 2012-2018 Ford Focus vehicles with a 2.0L GDI or 2.0L GTDI engine. Vehicle owners who are affected by the recall may see an indicator light on their dashboards or a sign that the fuel gauge is not providing accurate levels of gasoline. The recall process began in May when NHTSA got in touch with Ford about various consumer complaints involving Ford Focus vehicles from 2012-2014.
Vehicle owners reported that their fuel gauges were inaccurate or their “check engine” lights kept coming on. Ford has notified owners of these various issues and has informed them that they should take their vehicles to dealerships for repairs. The dealer can then reprogram the powertrain control module for free, and they will also check for faulty codes and even replace the canister purge valve if needed.
Ford has had several recalls and lawsuits over the last few years, including a recall for 2 million of their F-150 trucks due to a potential fire problem. If your family has been harmed by this engine stalling defect, then you should contact an attorney at Mary Alexander & Associates, P.C. to discuss your next steps.