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Nhtsa Focuses On Focus

Already recalled eight times, the Ford Focus is now being investigated in
two separate cases by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA). The NHTSA says that 72 people have reported engine stalling; seven
reported crashes as a result of the potential defect, which could affect about
575,000 2000-2001 vehicles. In the other case, 2000-2002 Focuses are being
studied for control-arm fracture, which seven owners have reported and implicated
in six crashes.

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Not sure if it is the same porblem but I read where they seem to have fuel pump problems. Anyone else know anything about this?
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More about the situation from Just Auto

Ford's Focus appears to have set a record in the US – with six National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) investigations begun into the model this year alone, according to Associated Press (AP).

AP said NHTSA officials have opened two new investigations into the Ford subcompact after complaints the engine can suddenly stall and the front suspension can collapse.

NHTSA spokesman Tim Hurd told AP he could not recall the government's ever having as many investigations into one vehicle at the same time.

According to AP, 72 people complained to the NHTSA that the Focus stalled while they were driving, including seven who crashed. Seven people reported the front suspension control arm fractured while they were driving, leading to six crashes, AP added.

AP said that the investigation into engine stall involves 574,700 cars from the 2000 and 2001 model years, the first two years of production while the suspension investigation also includes the 2002 model year.

The Focus, the country's fifth-best-selling car, has been plagued with safety problems, AP said, and has already been recalled eight times for problems ranging from faulty seat latches and windscreen wipers to a throttle that can stick open.

AP said that two of NHTSA's other still-open investigations involve possible air bag malfunctions, while the others were prompted by reports the rear wheel bearings could fail and the engine could catch fire.

NHTSA investigators told AP that the alleged engine stall problem may be caused by debris accumulated in the petrol tank, blocking fuel from being delivered to the engine.

European-built versions of the Focus - where, unlike the US, the hatchback models are most common - have also had their share of recalls and problems, according to the UK consumer website honestjohn.co.uk. The website lists a number of known faults, recalls and technical service bulletins issued to dealers for issues including faulty electronic control modules, incorrect suspension bolt torque, front suspension, door latch, tail light and automatic transmission problems.
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Yep, Here's an article I posted a month ago about the Focus. http://discussions.fordforums.com/sh...threadid=15907

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i have a 2000 focus. i have had the transmission replaced, had spark plug missfires, spark plug wires burnt up, trash in the fuel pump, stalling, and now my car has started making a loud puttering sound when i accelerate. can anyone tell me what it could be or maybe if this is happening to them too. please!!!!
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That all relates to what has happened to me in the past few days with my 2001 Focus Wagon SE. Read my post under tranny problems in reply to cowboyup6609. Super scary stuff my friends!! And as of 3-4-2003 it's only got 5600 miles on it?!
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O.K. so I look at the service order and it says something about the orange and black wire that tees off the battery was repaired/ replaced. Some EEC checks and rechecks but I'll be... the car runs fine now and even that little whistling sound that's RPM related from the new transmission change out, is subsiding more and more. Just might need a little more breaking in. Questions and comments welcome... Troublesome as it may have been, I still love this car and want to work out the bugs and put some super nice chrome rims and plus size the tires in the future.
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