Ford is recalling select Focus cars equipped with 2.0-litre engines to deal with a software glitch that could render the cars inoperable.
The issue concerns 2012 and 2017 Focus cars equipped with the 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine and 2013-14 Focus ST models fitted with the 2.0-litre turbocharged “four.” On some vehicles, the powertrain control module software used to service the vehicles in a previous recall was not fully installed, resulting in improper calibration software that would detect a malfunctioning canister purge valve.
If the canister valve is stuck open in affected vehicles, it could cause a vacuum in the fuel vapour management system, which could lead to a deformation in the fuel tank. Drivers will observe a malfunction indicator light and inaccurate or erratic fuel gauge readings. The problem could also cause drivability issues and a loss of engine power.
Ford is not aware of any incidents related to the issue.
This action affects 58,280 vehicles in North America — approximately 57,400 in the US and federalized territories, about 400 in Canada and another 480 in Mexico.
Dealers will reprogram the powertrain control module with the appropriate software calibration and replace the canister purge valve, as warranted. If the canister purge valve needs replacing, the carbon canister, fuel tank and fuel delivery system will also be replaced, if necessary.
Until the issue is corrected, Ford is asking drivers to keep the fuel tank at least half full.
Vehicles that have not yet been returned in accordance with the previous recall are not affected by the issue and will receive the full software update when they do respond to it.