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Ford recalls C-Max, Focus and F-150

Just 18 C-Maxes and Focuses affected in one recall; 8,000 F-150s in another

Published: January 26, 2017, 9:30 PM
Updated: January 31, 2017, 5:04 AM

Ford Focus 2012 - 15 - Ford Focus 2012-15

Ford is recalling a handful of 2016 C-Max and Focus models to inspect and repair floors that may have ill-fitting joints, and potentially result in injuries in a frontal crash.

Ford C-Max - Paris Motor Show - Ford's compact C-Max people mover gets a fresh new exterior look along with interior upgrades and an expanded range of available technologies and driver assistance systems. Inside, Ford says, there are fewer, more intuitive controls and switches as well as new black satin trim and chrome detailing. Additional storage capacity results from a redesigned centre console. Newly available features include automated perpendicular parking, cross traffic alert and park-out assist, as well as adaptive cruise control and active braking. A new 1.5-litre diesel engine will be offered in Europe, along with two variants of Ford's 1.0-litre EcoBoost gasoline engine. In North America, the C-Max is currently offered only in hybrid or plug-in hybrid form. The updated C-Max will go on sale across Europe in early 2015. No word yet on when it will arrive in North America.

Just 18 vehicles are affected, and only one of them is in Canada, and they were all built at the Michigan Assembly Plant on Oct 26 and 27, 2016.

On affected cars, improper left-hand body apron joints on the floor pan may have reduced front-end structural integrity, which could lead to injury in the event of a front crash. However, Ford is not aware of any incidents or injuries resulting from the problem.

Ford mail out notices to owners of the affected cars, asking them to return them to dealerships where they will be inspected and repaired as needed.

On a more significant note, at least in relation to numbers, some 8,000 Ford F-150 pickups from 2017 are being recalled to reprogram their instrument clusters which may become unresponsive during a cold spell.

Clear pictures - Crisp icons and graphics keep you fully informed of the current state and settings of all major electronic and mechanical modes and systems in the new Raptor. Including an angle sensor for the front wheels, displayed in degrees, that will complement images from the front grille-mounted camera at speeds up to 24 km/h (15 mph) in the tightest sections.

On certain vehicles, the transmission shift position indicator may not illuminate and therefore the gear position wouldn’t be visible to the driver, which may prove dangerous if the driver is not aware the vehicle is still in gear when attempting to exit. The unintended vehicle movement could result in injury.

It is also feared that the inoperative instrument cluster may prevent the activation of certain warning lights or messages, and even warning chimes, again preventing the driver from knowing if something is amiss.

Ford is not aware of any fires, accidents or injuries associated with this issue, which may affect 7,974 pickups (1,057 of which are in Canada and 125 in Mexico).

Vehicle owners will be asked to attend the nearest dealership, which will reprogram the instrument cluster.