Ford recalls over 75,000 vehicles

Focus hatchbacks need reprogramming; Transit Connects have leaky roofs

Published: September 29, 2016, 12:45 AM
Updated: October 3, 2016, 8:17 AM

2015 Ford Focus Hatchback

Ford is recalling Focus hatchbacks and Transit Connect minivans to fix a couple issues with hatchgates and sunroofs, respectively.

Certain 2013-17 Ford Focus hatchbacks have a bug in the electric hatchgate release software, which allows the hatchgate to be leased by pushing a button located to the left of the steering wheel, and is not in compliance with regulations that require the button to be pushed twice — once to unlock the hatchgate, and a second time to release it.

On certain manual transmission models, the gate can be released with a single push of the button, although federal regulations require that the button be pressed twice for release — the first push to unlock it, and the second to release it — when the vehicle is travelling at speeds below 7 km/h.

Although not aware of any incidents or injuries, Ford is recalling 73,915 vehicles, of which 9,877 are in Canada, to reprogram the body control module and install updated software.

The other recall is for 2,592 Transit Connect minivans from 2014 model year, of which just 28 are in Canada, in order to reinstall panoramic sunroofs.

Although not aware of any incidents or injuries, Ford became aware of an improper bond between the roof and the metal portion of the roof, which causes increased wind noise and water leaks, and could even cause the glass roof to separate from the vehicle body.

Dealers will remove, clean and reinstall the panoramic roof on affected vehicles.