The Ford Motor Company has released the preliminary details of a new safety campaign that covers the 2013-2017 Focus and 2016-2017 Focus RS vehicles.
According to the Michigan giant, all affected cars are equipped with a manual gearbox and must have their interior latch release software updated, as this “can be unlocked an unlatched with a single press of the interior latch release when the vehicle is traveling under 7 km/h (4 mph).“
Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this condition that covers the Focus models made in Michigan from February 12, 2012, to August 26, 2016, and the Focus RS hot hatches, built at Saarlouis from August 3, 2015, throughout August 26, 2016. The total number of cars that will have to be taken back to the dealers is 73,915, out of which 64,038 are in the US and federalized territories and 9,877 in Canada.
An additional batch of 2,592 Ford Transit Connects, assembled at the Valencia plant from October 3, 2013, to July 14, 2014, including 887 in the United States and 28 in Canada, is part of a second recall, due to an improper bond between the panoramic roof and the body, resulting in wind noise and water leaks. In extreme cases, the panoramic roof can separate while driving. Ford is not aware of any accidents related to this problem and states that dealers will clean and reinstall the panoramic roof on the affected vehicles free of charge.