Ford Motor is recalling nearly 1.5 million Ford Focus cars in North America to repair a defective valve that could affect the fuel tank and cause the vehicle to stall.
The safety recall covers 2012 through 2018 Ford Focus model cars with 2-liter GDI and 2-liter GTDI engines. About 1.3 million Ford Focus cars in the U.S. and its territories are affected by the recall, in addition to 136,000 cars in Canada and 45,000 in Mexico.
According to Ford, the problem stems from a canister purge valve that may become stuck in an open position, potentially causing an excessive vacuum in the fuel system that could cause the vehicle’s plastic fuel tank to deform.
As a result, the driver may see a malfunction indicator light or a fuel gauge displaying fluctuating or inaccurate fuel levels. The defect could also lead the Ford Focus cars to stall unexpectedly while driving, increasing the risk of a crash.
Ford says the problem may also make it difficult to restart the car or prevent it from restarting. The company is not aware of any accidents, injuries, or fires associated with the defect.
Ford will start notifying owners of the affected Ford Focus vehicles of the recall by mail in December. To repair the defect, Ford will inspect and replace the canister purge valve, carbon canister, fuel tank, and fuel delivery module, as necessary.
The dealer will reprogram the powertrain control module with new software that will detect a malfunctioning canister purge valve and prevent a potential excessive fuel vapor system vacuum condition from occurring. Ford will provide the needed repairs free of charge to the owners.
Until the repair is made, drivers of the recalled Ford Focus vehicles are advised to keep their fuel tank at least half full.
Owners of the recalled vehicles may also receive recall notices through the FordPassTM smartphone app or they can enter their vehicle identification number (VIN) in Ford’s recall notice portal.