Ford Announces Recall of Some Focus Models for Service Software Fault

Ford Motor Company announced today that it’s issuing a safety recall on certain 2012 and 2017 Focus vehicles equipped with 2.0-liter GDI engines as well as 2013 and 2014 Focus ST vehicles equipped with 2.0-liter GTDI engines. The powertrain control module software used to service these vehicles in accordance with safety recall 18S32 was incomplete, said the company.

“Affected vehicles did not receive the intended 18S32 calibration software that will detect a malfunctioning canister purge valve,” said Ford in a statement. “When the canister purge valve is stuck open in these vehicles, an excessive vacuum can develop in the fuel vapor management system, potentially deforming the fuel tank. If this occurs, the customer may observe a malfunction indicator light, inaccurate or erratic fuel gauge indication, drivability concerns or loss of motive power.”

Vehicles that have not yet had safety recall 18S32 service performed are not affected by the recall and will receive service using updated software under the existing 18S32 program. Ford said it was unaware of any accidents or injuries caused by the fault.

“Dealers will reprogram the powertrain control module in affected vehicles with the appropriate software calibration and replace the canister purge valve, as necessary,” said Ford in a statement.

The recall affects approximately 58,000 vehicles in North America, including approximately 57,400 in the U.S., approximately 400 in Canada and approximately 480 in Mexico. The vehicles affected by the recall were built at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan.

The recall follows several recalls issued last month. In mid-June, Ford recalled select 2011 to 2017 Ford Explorer vehicles for a rear suspension toe link fracture issue; certain 2013 Ford F-150 vehicles with six-speed automatic transmission for a transmission calibration issue; select 2009 to 2016 Ford Econoline vehicles with 5.4-liter engine for a loss of motive power issue; and certain 2010 to 2017 Ford Taurus, 2009 to 2017 Ford Flex, 2009 to 2015 Lincoln MKS and 2010 to 2017 Lincoln MKT vehicles for a rear suspension toe link fracture issue. The latter recall affected vehicles sold in Canada only.