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Old 08-24-2004, 19:16   #1 (permalink)
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US:NHTSA steps up probe into Ford Focus

NHTSA steps up probe into Ford Focus

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DETROIT -- U.S. safety regulators have stepped up a probe into faulty door latches on 261,000 of Ford Motor Co.'s problem-plagued Focus cars from the 2000 model year, the government said Tuesday.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said a preliminary evaluation of the problem had been escalated to the status of an "engineering analysis," a move that often precedes a safety recall.

Focus vehicles from the 2000 model year already have been recalled 13 times, an embarrassingly high total for a car from the second-largest U.S. automaker. By contrast, there have been no recalls involving Ford's 2002 model Focus.

NHTSA said it had received 17 complaints alleging that one or both rear door latches were difficult to close and the doors came open while the vehicles were moving.
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Thats not to good new there

Thankfully we have the German/UK built ones rather then the Mexican built ones that the US has

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As the artice says, the 2000 model was a shocker for Ford - yet funnily enough was the model that exploded the Focus into the sales success it is!

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