#3 – 2012 FORD FOCUS, ELECTRICAL
The 2012 Ford Focus is part of the 2012-current model range.
NHTSA investigations and recalls related to “Electrical”
Windshield Wiper Motor Connector
• Recall 12V149, Filed April 2, 2012, Ford Motor Company (Ford) Recall No. 12S29- Certain 2012 model year Focus vehicles for passenger side wiper motor connector susceptible to contamination/corrosion:
Ford is recalling certain model year 2012 Focus vehicles manufactured from August 1, 2010 through October 18, 2011. A seal in the wiring harness connector to the passenger side wiper motor may be missing.
• Recall 13V335, Filed August 1, 2013, Ford Motor Company (Ford) Recall No. 13C04-Certain 2012-2013 model year Focus BEV and 2013 model year Focus ST vehicles with High Intensity Discharge (HID) Headlamps:
Ford is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Focus BEV vehicles equipped with High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights, manufactured September 15, 2011, through May 6, 2013; and model year 2013 Focus ST vehicles equipped with High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights, manufactured February 16, 2012, through May 7, 2013. Due to a wiring incompatability, the front side marker lamps may not function. Thus, these vehicles fail to comply to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108, “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.”
PCM Software Issue Resulting in Loss of Powertrain Torque in Electric Vehicles
• PE13031, Opened September 6, 2013; Closed November 15, 2013; Electric Powertrain Propulsion Failure:
The Office of Defects Investigation has received 12 complaints alleging incidents of vehicle stall while driving in model year (MY) 2012-2013 Ford Focus Electric vehicles. Eleven (11) complaints alleged the vehicle shutdown while driving. Fifty percent (6) of incidents occurred at speeds of 30 miles per hour or more. The complaints show an apparent increasing trend, with all received within the past five (5) months. None of the complaints alleged that the incident resulted in a crash or injury. A Preliminary Evaluation has been opened to assess the scope, frequency and potential safety consequences associated with the alleged defect. In an October 28, 2013 letter to NHTSA, Ford Motor Company (Ford) submitted a recall notice identifying a defect in the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) software in approximately 2,456 model year (MY) 2012 through 2014 Ford Focus Electric vehicles manufactured from September 15, 2011 through August 23, 2013 (Recall No. 13V-523). According to Ford, PCM software faults may cause a complete loss of powertrain torque. When this condition occurs, drivers receive a red triangle indicator and the message “Stop Safely Now” in the instrument cluster. In addition, vehicle brake and steering systems will continue to operate normally and the vehicle can be restarted after going through a shutdown process. Ford and its supplier, Magna Powertrain, upgraded the PCM software to address powertrain shutdown conditions and issued a technical service bulletin on September 23, 2013 instructing dealers to reprogram the PCM on all affected vehicles.
• 13V523, Filed October 30, 2013, Ford Safety Recall No. 13S09 – Certain 2012 through 2014 model year Ford Focus Electric vehicles may exhibit a sudden loss of motive power:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 Focus Electric vehicles manufactured September 15, 2011, through August 23, 2013. In the affected vehicles, a powertrain control module software problem may result in a stall-like condition.
FMVSS 114 Violation in Electric Vehicles
• Recall 13V475, Filed October 17, 2013, Ford Recall No. 13C07 – Certain 2012 through 2013 Model Year Focus Electric and 2013 C-MAX Equipped with Intelligent Access push Button Start System:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Focus Electric vehicles and 2013 C-Max vehicles equipped with the Intelligent Access Push Button Start System. In the affected vehicles, there is no audible chime when the vehicle is operational and the driver’s door is opened. Thus, these vehicles fail to conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 114, “Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention.”