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2013 Ford C-Max HybridFord will be voluntarily recalling 23,830 Focus Electric and C-Max Hybrid and Energi models equipped with push-button ignition, according to The Detroit News. Why? Because the cars don't make a noise when the driver's door is open, and are therefore in violation of federal regulations. It's not as silly as Honda's badging recall that isn't a recall, but it's close.

Actually, that's not exactly fair. The chime is supposed to come on when the driver's door is open, as it reminds drivers not to leave their cars on or leave key fobs in the car, an easy thing to forget when the cars in question make virtually no noise at idle and do not require keys in ignitions.

The recall, which Ford is conducting voluntarily, covers 2012 and 2013 Focus Electric hatchbacks and 2013 C-Max Hybrid and Energi models. The overwhelming majority, around 22,900 units, were sold in the US, while the remaining 900 units are in Canada. How many of each model are covered in the recall is not immediately clear.

Ford will be in touch with owners of affected vehicles, who will need to report to dealers for a software update.


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      james1234
      • 1 Year Ago
      I own a Ford Focus Electric, and have to say this recall isn't as silly as it sounds. Due to the lack of noise and vibration cues it is very easy to forget the car is running. The chime is probably more important on an electric car than it is on a traditional vehicle. Having said that, I think the bigger issue here are the reasons Ford could have overlooked this. I'm still waiting for my recall notice relating to the non-function front side marker lights. Ford isn't new to this whole manufacturing cars thing...seems like pretty basic items to overlook. Time to up your game Ford.
      truckguy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Who in the right mind would buy that junk?? o Ferd terd people..
      Andrew
      • 1 Year Ago
      Quality is still JOB ONE AT FORD! Noticed how GM never has recalls like this? maybe becasu they build BETTER PRODUCTS? If it isnt a Ford breaking down day its a Ford RECALL day
        Randy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew
        I guess GM has more money to throw at door chimes because they don't pay their debts by going bankrupt which amounts to theft from suppliers, followed by gov loans, followed by an IPO where only select individuals could get the stock at the beginning so commom folks and tax payers could get double, triple and quadruple screwed by the same company. So yeah I see what you're saying. Too bad Ford pays their debts and has responsibility unlike that exploding Volt making company!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew
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      al4gg10
      • 1 Year Ago
      Quality / reliability at Ford is Going Away ! Their vehicles are getting the Worst Ratings by People WHO ACTUALLY OWN THESE NEW FORDS !!! While a slick exterior & good drivability are the strong points in those newly designed cars ... Reliability is Terrible !! Of course if you like seeing the service technicians every week then its not so bad being out of a New Car !!! Maybe they will give you a Fiesta as a loaner ... oh yea that car has Terrible reliability TOO ! Well how about a Focus loaner ... Terrible reliability TOO ! Well how about an Explorer as a loaner ... ETC ................
        Walt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @al4gg10
        So how is the weather in Japan this time of year, Akio?
        john96xlt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @al4gg10
        I a newer Ford and absolutely love it. You're just making **** up. Get a life.
      Titansfan1967
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hell they did not care about door chime! Ford has the most annoying chime in the industry!
        foxtrot685
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Titansfan1967
        I LOVE the Ford door chime. It reminds me of older VW's and their La Cucaracha door chimes... you know, back when Volkswagen built Volkswagens.
      tom.tommarello
      • 1 Year Ago
      Haha. I hate door chimes. This is one recall I would be glad not to get. The door chime is always the first thing I disable when I get a new car. So glad you can get cars with automatic lights now so I don't have to listen to that one too.
      Joeviocoe
      • 1 Year Ago
      If the Key FOB is not required to be in the 'ignition' (i.e. the dash or steering column)... why would drivers ever remove the Key FOB from their pockets/purses in the first place? How would someone leave them in the car? And thus, why would they need a "chime"? A federally required chime for that matter? Laws and regulations need to be updated to account for new technology.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Joeviocoe
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          John
          • 1 Year Ago
          Not true. I have a 2011 Mazdaspeed 3 w/ tech & I've driven over a mile from my house before without the key when my wife took it out of my coat pocket to start the car on a cold morning. I work at a Ford, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram & SRT dealership and its the same with all of those cars.
        Naturenut99
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Joeviocoe
        I despise the door chimes and I get them "coming and going" I have to take the fob out of my pocket when I get the mail, because the car freaks out if the fob leaves the car (while on) and just by opening the door. But then if I don't remember to take the fob after I turn it off/exit. It freaks out about that. I hate all the beeping !
        Andrew Pappas
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Joeviocoe
        Maybe the federally mandated door chimes aren't working due to the government shut down.
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      One time me and three friends dropped acid and drove around in my dad's car. He has one of those talking cars, we're tripping, and the car goes, "The door is ajar." We pulled over and thought about that for 12 hours. "How can a door be a jar?" … "Why would they put a jar on a car?" … "Oh man, the freeway's melting!" … "Put it in the jar." -Bill Hicks
      Greg
      • 1 Year Ago
      How many eFoci have they sold? A few hundred, maybe?
      Neouka
      • 1 Year Ago
      I had a rental C-Max for a week, I don't remember if it had the door chime or not (my regular Focus with pushbutton start does), but the gas engine is generally off when you are stopped. If you leave the car on and leave the car with the fob in your pocket, then close the door... the horn honks at you. It's a pretty obvious reminder that you left the car on.
      Justin Shaw
      • 1 Year Ago
      At least it's not mandatory
      JIM
      • 1 Year Ago
      Here is the quote of the day: Ford is recalling more than 25 hundred Ford Focus for propulsion issues!. Ford is reaclling Linclon MKZ for transmission issues! Ford is recalling Ford Escape for engine issues! Is Ford, having an engineering problems customers should be aware of? Jim.-
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