The National Highway Traffic Safety Association has announced on its website that Ford is recalling 140,000 Focus models built between August 1, 2010 and October 18, 2011. The defect in question is a seal in the wiring harness connector to the passenger side wiper motor that may be missing.

If the seal is AWOL, water can build up in the connector, which could over time render the passenger-side wiper useless. And if that happens, visibility could of course be altered, resulting in a higher probability of a crash.

To fix the issue, affected Focus owners need to take their vehicles to a Ford dealer for a free inspection of the wiper connector. A technician will clean and seal any connector that needs it, and any wiper motor that no longer works will be replaced free of charge. Hit the jump to read over the NHTSA press release.
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Vehicle Make / Model: FORD / FOCUS
Model Year(s): 2012
Manufacturer: FORD MOTOR COMPANY Mfr's Report Date: APR 02, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V149000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: VISIBILITY:WINDSHIELD WIPER/WASHER:SWITCH/WIRING
Potential Number of Units Affected: 140,310

Summary:
FORD IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 FOCUS VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM AUGUST 1, 2010, THROUGH OCTOBER 18, 2011. A SEAL IN THE WIRING HARNESS CONNECTOR TO THE PASSENGER SIDE WIPER MOTOR MAY BE MISSING.

Consequence:
WATER OR OTHER CONTAMINANTS MAY ACCUMULATE IN THE CONNECTOR, RESULTING IN AN INTERMITTENT OR INOPERATIVE PASSENGER SIDE WIPER MOTOR, REDUCING VISIBILITY AND INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy:
FORD WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND AS NECESSARY, CLEAN AND PROPERLY SEAL THE PASSENGER SIDE WIPER MOTOR CONNECTOR. ANY INOPERATIVE WIPER MOTORS WILL BE REPLACED. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PROVIDED FREE OF CHARGE. FORD EXPECTS TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT MAY 21, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT THE FORD MOTOR COMPANY CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP CENTER AT 1-866-436-7332.


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      Gorgenapper
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's incredible how many people think the passenger side wiper is only for the passenger, and it's not a big deal if it becomes inoperable. About 40% of the visible area on a windshield is on the passenger side and if it were obscured by rain or snow, the driver wouldnt be able to see anything to the right...
        I Am Paul
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Gorgenapper
        That's why you have two wipers. If one isn't working, you can still have plenty to see out of the most important seat in the car. It isn't a big deal because only bad drivers will have trouble with this. It's like what I said about VW, Toyota and Honda owners moving to the Focus. Honda, VW and Toyota owners aren't very smart. I don't know why you'd have to recall something like this. It's not Ford fault that these dumb drivers are buying their cars. The drivers are the safety issue, not the Focus. If I were Ford, I would fight NTHSA all the way.
          clquake
          • 2 Years Ago
          @I Am Paul
          Why don't you cover half your windshield and drive around? Might be better for all of us.
      Beastage
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love the over dramatic writing of the press release...
      willyk52
      • 2 Years Ago
      Let me clarify what i said. Some of my cars (ford falcons) had VACUUM operated wipers so i'm not sure that counts as a motor. And vacuum operated wipers suck...they slooooow way down on hard acceleration and speed way up when you back off the gas...i guess that was a safety feature to encourage responsible driving in the wet..
      My Name
      • 2 Years Ago
      ALL THESE DOWN VOTES OVER A PASSENGER WIPER BLADE???? THIS MAKES ME SICK! THIS SITE IS CONTROLED BY THE TOYOTA HUMPERS! THEY ALL GO HERE TO ATTACK AND DOWN VOTE PEOPLE THAT LOVE AMERICA AND ITS AUTOMOBILES! THIS IS THE MOST ANTI-AMERICAN AUTOMOTIVE SITE ON THE INTERNET!!! AUTOBLOG, DUMP THESE FOREIGN LOVING MORONS OR I'M NOT VISITING THIS SITE AGAIN!
        dukeisduke
        • 2 Years Ago
        @My Name
        Buh-bye.
        Hazdaz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @My Name
        Hey dipshit, where is the computer that you are typing on made? What brand is your TV? Where are your pants made? How about your power drill and toaster? Its simply-minded dumb Fs like you, that need to STFU. I am allll for buying American when America makes the best product for my purposes, but don't come in here waving your Chinese-made America flag and calling on folks to buy American, when you don't even look at all the other products in and around your home. Cars are just ONE industry, and its an industry that America can still actually compete in on a global level. But where were morons like you when Corporate America gave up the ghost on US-sourced consumer electronics (and tons of other industries) back in the 80s? Where were the calls to "buy American" coming from back in the 80s and 90s when disastrous policies were put in place by right-wing politicians that let entire domestic industries go under all under the guise of "free-market"?
      Master Austin
      • 2 Years Ago
      I havent had these issues with MyFordTouch, it doesn't have to be as complicated as some people make it out to be. You have various ways to selecting 'sometihng', either you touch it, or voice it, or use steering wheel controls for it. Its simple as that. If you can work a smartphone, you can work MFT. And I love having options.
        Johnny
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Master Austin
        People love to complain, and most of the ones doing it here don't own an MFT-equipped vehicle anyway. As for Consumer Report's hatchet job, they hate anything that's more complicated than a Speak-n-Spell because their target demo are soccer mom's and the elderly. None of their opinions should be taken seriously when it comes to consumer electronics more complicated than a blender, and any other vehicle besides a minivan.
          Juffinstuff
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Johnny
          Be careful - say anything other than "oh em gee Ford suxx0rz" will result in you getting downvoted. Oh well.
      Walt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Let's look at what separates a good auto manufacturer. All have recalls, but what we've seen recently is Detroit jumping on small issues early and issuing a recall for vehicles of recent manufacturer. Japanese automakers have recalls for vehicles that are far to often years old, as witnessed by the recent Honda recall for lift gate struts on vehicles that were up to 10 years old. You can't tell me that Honda service didn't notice an excessive number of complaints early on about failing struts, yet it took years for a recall. That is unacceptable and it is time for Japanese makes to stop trying to project a phony image of quality by hiding vehicle defects - a practice they have been fined for both here in the U.S. and in Japan. That is why I am calling for a national database of all service request that don't involve routine maintenance. We already have a precedent for this in vehicle collisions in the form of CarFax. I should note this would not need to be a government program, indeed the private sector could handle this quiet nicely. A central database of customer service visits could easily spot recurring customer issues and assist both manufacturers and regulators in issuing recalls in a timely fashion. I would also end the Japanese habit of hiding and denying vehicle issues and bring them into the 21st century of automotive manufacturing and commitment to customer service, an area where Ford has clearly lead the way. You can't downrate the truth away, trolls.
        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Walt
        "Let's look at what separates a good auto manufacturer. All have recalls, but what we've seen recently is Detroit jumping on small issues early and issuing a recall for vehicles of recent manufacturer. Japanese automakers have recalls for vehicles that are far to often years old" Right, Ford's a "good auto manufacturer". Is that why they needed 10+ years of recalling similar vehicles little by little for possible cruise switch fires in vehicles made in the early to mid 90s? http://www.autoblog.com/2009/10/14/ford-recall-cruise-control-4.5/ What about the recall of 12 year old Windstars for snapping axles? http://www.autoblog.com/2010/08/27/official-ford-windstar-recalled-over-rear-axle-risk/ How about when they expanded a recall of F150 airbags only after they were pressured by NHTSA to do it? http://www.businessreviewusa.com/money_matters/ford-f-150-recall-of-12-million-more-trucks Sure sounds like they're getting an early jump on these small issues!
        Jim
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Walt
        You've got to be kidding me. Ford, GM and Chrysler have had MANY recalls on vehicles long after they'd been produced. Stop playing this Holier-than-Honda BS.
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Walt
        Right, troll. American automakers don't always jump on things right away. Nice try though. Ford fanboy.
        The Cory Jihad
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Walt
        They can try to downrate it, but I'll give you a thumbs up sir.
      HemiRoadRunner
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm no Ford man, but I can tell you that this recall is nothing but bullcrap. How many of you want to bet that this is nothing more than the foreign automakers paying off NHTSA to take down Ford?....Again. **** shouldn't surprise none of y'all by now. It's how these mother****ers work.
      Randy
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a BS recall! What they need to do is recall every Toyota for destroying good American jobs!!!!
      Juffinstuff
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was wondering when the first recall of my car would happen. I haven't had this issue (although it sounds like this is more of a long-term durability concern than anything), but I will say I've been pleasantly happy with my vehicle. The only issue I've had is when I picked it up, the rear wiper blade on the hatch didn't have it's wiring 't seated properly so it didn't work, and required a quick stop at my local dealership to have the wiring re-seated. MUCH better than the 7 visits to two dealerships (the only two within 2 hours of me, mind you) to check out why the stability and traction control kept dying in my 2010 Kia Forte. Or the ABS that stopped working and flipped a check engine light. Or the transmission, which several times had the top gear (4th, the five speed autos weren't standard until 2011, I believe, and were a costly option on the 2010's) cut out and not work until inspected by a dealer. Or the tires that went at around 15k miles of mostly highway commuting mileage and were so off-brand (Nexen) a local dealer couldn't be found to replace them under warranty within 100 miles, causing me to have to replace my tires after only 9 months of ownership. I'm sure I'm missing problems my lemon Forte had, but I hope for the other hundreds of thousands of buyers that the Forte as a whole (cheap as it feels/is) is just a fluke. The new Rio looks excellent, as does the Optima, and really most of their line-up.
      BUY AMERICAN MADE!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who give's a **** about passenger visibility? The passengers should be happy they're riding in a car that supports American workers. This should never have been a recall. Would need to stop attacking our auto industry. It's foreign made junk that we need to be hating.
        ckm
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BUY AMERICAN MADE!
        Except it's actually made in mexico. Next time, try to be informed and correct when trolling
          JDM
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ckm
          @ckm lol. Just shows the ignorance.
          grthek1
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ckm
          @ckm perhaps YOU can get informed before trolling. Prove to us how the Focus is made in Mexico and you'll get a cookie, because it's not, in fact, made in Mexico. So stop trying to sound "informed" without facts on your side.
      merlot066
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seriously, why is it that whenever Autoblog posts an article on the weekend or late at night it becomes a gathering place for trolls and morons? Ford had a recall. There was something wrong with their cars, the NHTSA told them it was a safety problem and Ford had to figure out what it was and fix it. Ford figured out what it was and fixed it. It was't some glaring safety hazard that was made for the sake of cost cutting. It was a problem that could happen to anybody (like those Chevy Sonics that had missing brake pads) and it isn't a HUGE deal if the passenger wiper motor goes out. It's not ideal but it won't send every owner of a Focus flying off the road. The passenger side wiper clears much less of the windshield than the driver side. The bigger danger is people with older cars that don't change their wiper blades often enough. This has nothing to do with MyFord Touch or the Dual Clutch transmission (considering most, if not all, of the affected models are the 2011 pre-redesign model before MyFord Touch and the Dual Clutch transmission). And even though this is completely unrelated Ford does in fact assemble a few of its models outside the United States yet within North America (with the exception of the Transit Connect which will be assembled in Turkey for one more year). However, 72% of Fords vehicles are assembled in America and Ford has the second highest domestic parts content in the industry (behind GM and ahead of Chrysler as of the last time I've seen it calculated).
      Jack
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's impressive to see how any comment that isn't negative about this car gets overrun by down votes from the ToyoDUH thugs. Similar story with comments on other AB articles. How much does ToyoDUH pay you guys to do this? Too bad they couldn't use that money to build better cars than unreliable, unsafe **** they produce now. -Jack
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