Ford is recalling almost 1.5 million cars in North America due to a potential issue that could stall their engines.
Ford might be getting out of the car business, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t millions of Ford cars driving around on American highways already. And some of those cars could stall at any moment.
The latest recall from Ford surrounds Focus compact cars built between 2012 and 2018. About 1.46 million vehicles in North America are affected, with 1,282,596 in the United States, 136,272 in Canada, and 44,521 in Mexico.
Affected vehicles are all equipped with the 2.0-L GDI or 2.0-L GTDI engine. A malfunctioning canister purge valve is the culprit, and it can cause the car's fuel gauge to send out false information, leading to an engine stall when it runs out of gas.
According to Ford, the canister purge valve could become stuck in the on position. “If this occurs, an excessive vacuum in the fuel system could cause deformation of the vehicle’s plastic fuel tank. As a result, the customer could observe a malfunction indicator light or a fuel gauge with fluctuating or inaccurate fuel levels. This could lead to a stall while driving and/or an inability to restart the vehicle, which can increase the risk of a crash."
Running out of gas on the highway is a terrifying situation to be in, so this is one issue you’ll likely want to see your Ford mechanic over.
The Focus vehicles known to be affected are all built at Ford’s Michigan assembly plant. Focus 2.0-liter GDI cars were all built before April 13, 2017, while the 2.0-L GTDI cars were built before February 2, 2018.
To fix it, Ford will perform a software update to reprogram the powertrain control module. This will ensure that purge valve doesn’t get stuck in the on position again. Dealer mechanics will also inspect the canister purge valve, carbon canister, fuel tank, and fuel delivery module, and replace any damaged components free of charge.
Ford is aware of no accidents or injuries as a result of this defect but recommends that customers drive with at least a half tank of gas no matter where they go until the recall is finished.