Ford recalls 572,795 Focuses
Reuters / November 04, 2002
DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. said on Monday that it was recalling about 572,795 of its compact Focus vehicles from the 2000 and 2001 model years in North America because of potential safety problems including engine fires.
The Focus has suffered a string of quality problems since its introduction in 1999 and Ford, which is implementing a wrenching turnaround plan after losing $5.45 billion last year, has now issued 11 safety recalls for the vehicle.
The world's No. 2 automaker said the latest recalls stemmed from two separate issues that could have safety consequences.
One involves a bolt in the front suspension assembly that can become loose and cause noise and vibration or, in a small number of cases, lead to separation of the ball joint, Ford said in a statement.
It said the other concern involved Focus vehicles with Zetec engines in which potential problems with the placement of a battery cable could result in smoke, wire melting or under-hood fires.
Additionally, Ford said it was extending a service program on 2000-2001 Focus vehicles in North America because of concerns over a rear-wheel bearing seal.
An earlier service program because of the problem focused on vehicle owners in 21 U.S. States. But Ford said North American customers outside those original areas, including owners in Canada, would now be encouraged to bring their cars into dealerships to have the seal replaced.
Ford announced in September that it would offer a "powertrain coverage plan" for the 2003 model Focus good for five years or 100,000 miles, which could be transferred between owners.
Several automakers, including DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler arm and Korean automaker Hyundai Motor Co. Ltd. offer warranties longer than the typical three-year or 36,000-mile plan to reassure customers worried about quality.
Ford contends that it has fixed many quality problems with the Focus, improving its score on a benchmark quality study 23 percent between 2000 and 2002. The automaker has also said warranty claims from the first months of service are declining.
"We are serious about improving not just the quality of the new Focus, but also the reliability of Focus cars from prior model years," Sue Cischke, Ford vice president for environmental and safety engineering, said in Monday's statement.
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My next Ford.....