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When we saw a note about a recall for the Ford Focus Electric, our first reaction was, "is that a new one? Because it's getting hard to tell." This year, we've already seen the Blue Oval's all-electric hatch recalled for non-working door chimes and a "wiring incompatibility" in the headlights. The car is also reportedly under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the "Stop Safely Now" issue.

The new recall, according to The New York Times, can result in a loss of power in the front wheels cause by a "software issue" in the powertrain control module. No accidents have been reported and Ford has been aware of and investigating the problem since August. The numbers of Focus EV owners who complained to Ford about the problem is under two dozen, but Ford will recall about 2,500 Focus EVs from the 2012-14 model years. We think that still fits into the "small recall" space, something that is becoming more and more likely. From what we have heard, Ford's Safety Recall Notice for the "Powertrain Control Module Reprogram" is #13S09.

In an unrelated recall, Ford is bringing 3,100 2011-2012 model year Super Duty ambulances to fix an exhaust-gas temperature sensor in the diesel engine. The faulty sensor can shut the 6.7-liter turbocharged V8 powerplant down and force it to remain off for an hour. Not exactly the kind of reliability anyone wants in an emergency vehicle.


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      Luke
      • 1 Year Ago
      Your article's a tad misleading. The wiring harness in the headlights was for *all* Focuses...Focii? Not just the Electric.
        Jesse Gurr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Luke
        More specifically, if you click on the link, it's for FFE and ST models with the HID headlights. Still not a huge issue.
      fx16gts
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not to encouraging considering hospitals needs reliable vehicles to transport patients.
      juststudent
      • 1 Year Ago
      with those color, it really looks like aston wannabe/
      Satinder Anand
      • 1 Year Ago
      Common Ford is doing good, but needs to push harder
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have a 2013 Focus Electric with over 26,000 miles and I've never had this issue. I love my car!!! They do, however, need to fix the app for myfordmobile, so frustrating.
      al4gg10
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ford is taking a huge gamble that their POOR Quality will not cause a Loss of Brand Loyalty ! While the cars have nice driving characteristics / a new exterior design / all that can effectively disappear in the Minds of Disappointed Owners having to take their New Vehicles in to hopefully get fixed ! I see many issues are not being fixed but patched over to bide more time ! What a crock ! While Sales might be great to have .... if the customers are Mad at the constant problems they will Not Be Back ! Mike Roe should ask Fionna where to Park All Those BAD Fords !!!
        Bryan Rex
        • 1 Year Ago
        @al4gg10
        What new ford do you own?
        omni007
        • 1 Year Ago
        @al4gg10
        Yep, this already happened in the 90s. Took a whole decade to get any kind of decent reputation back.
      CoolWaters
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is the best looking EV out there. Just wish FORD could get those reliability stats up.
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well I'm glad to hear they solved this problem. It has been lingering for over a year now. Now I'd like to see Ford get off their butt and make a real effort at creating a pure EV. You can't avoid it Ford and if you don't get moving, you are going to fall behind. The Energi PHEVs are OK but not enough. You need both pure EVs and PHEVs.
      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is not a "small recall", this is every Focus Electric made until middle of this year, which may amount to all of them made to date.
        Bryan Rex
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rotation
        When this has happened absolutely ZERO times in the real world.. it IS a small recall.... its a software update.. just like any cell phone or computer... stop being so ignorant
          Rotation
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Bryan Rex
          Sorry, the "stop safely now" problem.
          Rotation
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Bryan Rex
          Read the Focus Electric forums. It has happened many times in the real world. It's called the "pull over safely" problems. And even if it hadn't happened in the real world, this wouldn't change the fact that this is a recall of every Focus Electric made before a few months ago. That's not a small recall. Try to stick to reality, please.
        Jesse Gurr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rotation
        Seems like they finally figured out the"stop safely now" error. About time.
      Grendal
      • 1 Year Ago
      What a horrible title. C'mon Sebastian, try just a little harder. Loss of power at any given moment is definitely worth a recall.
      Greg
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Ford will recall about 2,500 Focus EVs from the 2012-14 model years" I doubt they've actually sold that many.
      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      Onewayroll: First, you're changing your story now. You had to do this because your last statement of "fact" was completely incorrect. This is a strong sign you have no idea what you are talking about and are just grasping. Second, Mullally ran the entire 787 program, so he was deeply involved. Third, I cited a source. Jesse: I dunno about outsourcing or insourcing at Ford, but the quality is a problem right now either way.
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