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Ford recalling roughly 400 Focus cars in Canada over engine fault

11 July 2019

Ford Motor Co. on Tuesday said it's recalling 58,000 of its Focus auto models equipped with certain engine types to correct a flaw that could potentially stop the vehicle. Fast forward to the present day, and some of the cars from the same batch have been subjected to another safety campaign. The scenario has different outcomes, from the malfunctioning fuel indicator light to engine stalling in more extreme cases. Ford said it was unaware of any crashes or injuries related to the defect.

The recall affects some 2012 and 2017 Focus models and some 2013-14 Focus ST models in North America.

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Approximately 58,000 cars are found in North America. Of those affected, the Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker says 57,4000 are in the United States, 400 in Canada and 480 Mexico.

Certain vehicles with a 2.0-liter GDI or GDTI engine were initially recalled to install new powertrain control software, recalibrated to detect if the fuel canister purge valve becomes stuck. That can potentially deform the fuel tank.

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Ford said owners with affected vehicles should keep fuel tanks at least half full until the software is updated. VIN numbers are typically located under the driver's side windshield, or along the inside of the doors behind the seat or under the steering wheel.

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Ford recalling roughly 400 Focus cars in Canada over engine fault