November 5, 2002

Ford recalls half million Focus models

Dearborn, Michigan – Ford announced on Monday that the company will recall approximately 572,795 Ford Focus cars in the U.S. and Canada, model years 2000 and 2001.

One recall involves a bolt in the front suspension assembly that may be loose and cause noise, vibration or, in a small number of cases, separation of the ball joint. The other recall involves Focus vehicles with Zetec engines in which potential problems with battery cable routing could result in smoke, wire melting or an underhood fire.

Ford will notify customers through the mail to bring their vehicles to a Ford or Lincoln Mercury dealer for no-cost repairs. For the front suspension issue, technicians will inspect the lower control arm hardware and tighten, or replace, the affected bolt as necessary. The battery cable repair involves inspecting and re-routing of cables and replacement of the cables, if necessary.

In addition, Ford announced it is extending a service program on 2000-2001 Focus vehicles in North America regarding a rear wheel bearing seal concern. This is an extension of an earlier program that covered 21 U.S. states and six Canadian provinces where corrosion can be an issue. Under the extension, North American customers outside of those original areas will be asked to bring their vehicle in to have the seal replaced to prevent corrosion.

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