Products Liability Law Daily 1.3M Ford Focus vehicles recalled for reprogramming of Powertrain Control Module
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Thursday, October 25, 2018

1.3M Ford Focus vehicles recalled for reprogramming of Powertrain Control Module

By Colleen Kave, J.D.

Ford Motor Company has recalled around 1,282,596 2012-2018 Ford Focus vehicles with a 2.0L GDI or 2.0L GTDI engine because the Canister Purge Valve (CPV) may malfunction, possibly causing excessive vacuum in the fuel vapor management system. The company warns that the excessive vacuum may result in an engine stall while driving, without warning and without the ability to restart the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash (NHTSA Recall Notice, No. 18V735, Report receipt date: October 22, 2018).

Remedy. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the Powertrain Control Module. Dealers will also check for fault codes and replace the CPV as needed. If the CPV is replaced, dealers will inspect and replace the carbon canister, fuel tank, and fuel delivery module as necessary. The recall is expected to begin December 10, 2018.

Note: Until the vehicle is serviced for this concern, owners are advised to keep the fuel tank at least halfway full.

Contact information. Owners may contact Ford Customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford’s number for this recall is 18S32. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Companies: Ford Motor Co.

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