Ford, which counts the Focus model as its best-selling nameplate in the world’s largest auto market has announced it has moved to recall 191,770 Focus sedan cars, believed to have a defective part that could lead to a fuel leak fire risk.
The recall was ordered to change the faulty parts because of the intervention of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine – China’s quality watchdog.
According to the administration, the Changan Ford Automobile Co Ltd – Ford’s local joint-venture – will call back 191,770 New Focus and Classic Focus sedans that were made since 2009.
According to Ford China spokeswoman Claire Li, the automaker already launched a customer satisfaction scheme before the quality watchdog’s investigation into consumer complaints, but then decided to upgrade it to a full recall to “alleviate any potential customer concerns”.
Data sourced from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers shows the Ford Focus compact sedan to be the best selling model in the segment throughout the first seven months of 2014, and with total 2013 sales of 403,600 units.
Last year, automakers active in China recalled a record number of vehicles – 5.3 million – after the lawmakers stepped up efforts to ensure safety standards are uphold. Almost 40% of the recalls were triggered after government probes.