Ford is recalling roughly 2,600 Focus Electric hatchbacks over an issue that could cause the cars to cease delivering power to the wheels while on the road.
The problem: the affected Focus Electric vehicles have a problem stemming with faulty programming of their powertrain control module software. The loss of power will result in a “Stop Safely Now” waning message to be displayed on the dashboard. While the power is no longer delivered to the wheels, the vehicle’s braking and steering systems remain functional, allowing drivers some driver assistance while pulling off the road.
Affected vehicles: Focus Electric hatchbacks manufactured at Ford’s assembly plant in Wayne, Michigan. The vehicles were built between September 15, 2011 and August 8, 2013. Most of the vehicles were sold in the United States, but some have been sold in Canada.
Number of vehicles potentially affected: 2,600
The fix: a reprogramming of the powertrain control module at a Ford dealership.
Contacts: not available at time of publication.
What to do: contact a Ford dealership’s service department for more information and to see if your vehicle is affected.
“We have identified an issue and are taking quick actions in the best interest of our customers”, said Ray Nevi, the assistant director at Ford’s Automotive Safety Office, in a company press release. “Our intensive investigation and testing has identified the area of concern and we are moving as quickly as possible to repair vehicles for our customers. In the meantime, it is extremely important that affected customers not ignore this recall and immediately contact their dealer.”
The recall comes on the heels of another recent one surrounding the lack of a door chime on the Focus Electric and C-MAX vehicles.