2014 Ford Focus

A 2014 Ford Focus sits for sale at Bill Brown Ford Dealership on September 6, 2013 in Livonia, Michigan. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Ford Announces Safety Recall For 58,000 Focus Cars

July 09, 2019 - 10:16 am

DETROIT (WWJ) - Ford Motor Co. has announced a safety recall for certain Focus vehicles due to a software issue. 

Around 58,000 Focuses with two-liter GDI and GTDI engines are being recalled because of problems with calibration software that could affect the fuel tank, Ford said Tuesday.

Included are select 2012 and 2017 Focus cars equipped with 2.0-liter GDI engines, and 2013-14 Focus ST vehicles equipped with 2.0-liter GTDI engines. All of the affected cars were built at Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, and approximately 57,400 of the affected cars are in the U.S. 

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

While there have not been any reports of accidents or injuries related to the problem, owners are urged to keep their fuel tanks at least half full until their vehicles are serviced for this issue

The Ford reference number for this recall is 19S22.