US: Ford Focus Electric recalled over differential issues image

Around 900 examples of the electric version of the compact Focus have been recalled in North America because their differential may fail.

Ford said that it was possible for the differential pinion shaft of the electric Focus to wear out and crack, thus leading to a complete loss of power that evidently may increase the risk of a crash. As a remedy, the dealers will install a new transmission differential assembly that comes coated with a friction-reducing layer on both the pinion shaft and pinion gear bores. There are no reports of any accidents or injuries linked to this issue. Affected vehicles include certain 2015-2016 Focus Electric vehicles built at the Michigan Assembly Plant, from August 20, 2015, through April 13, 2016, and Saarlouis Assembly Plant, from February 28, 2016 and March 30, 2016. There are 949 units targeted, including 865 in the United States and 66 in Canada.

The company also issued two other safety compliance recalls for around 7,000 2016 F-150 trucks and 2016 Explorer SUVs and for over 600 units of 2016 Transit Connect vans. The first one is related to an improperly welded driver seat back that may fail to properly restrain its occupant in case of a crash. Dealers will inspect the driver seat backrest frame and replace it if needed.

Part of this recall are 949 vehicles – 865 in the United States and 66 in Canada -, namely the 2016 F-150 models built at Dearborn Assembly Plant, February 20, 2016 through February 25, 2016, and Kansas City Assembly Plant, February 17, 2016 through February 24, 2016 and 2016 Explorer SUVs built at Chicago Assembly Plant, February 17, 2016 through March 7, 2016.

The second compliance notice concerns a possible failure of the brake hydraulic control unit that may affect the electronic stability control and related systems of the 2016 Transit Connect vans built at Valencia Assembly Plant, February 22, 2016 through April 9, 2016. There are 608 units affected, including 605 in the United States and 3 in Canada.