Ford recalls 2,600 Focus Electrics to patch potential power problem

Ford has announced a recall of about 2,600 Focus Electrics because a software flaw in the powertrain control module could result in a loss of power to the wheels.

If this happens, Ford says a “Stop Safely Now” warning will appear on the dashboard, and braking and steering systems will continue to operate normally so the driver can pull safely off the road. The problem can be fixed by simply reprogramming the powertrain control module software.

Nearly all of the affected vehicles were sold in the US, and were built between September 2011 and August 2013.

Focus Electric owners can enter their vehicle’s VIN number on the Ford web site to see if their car is affected by the recall.

Earlier this month, Ford recalled approximately 23,800 cars, including Focus Electric and C-Max vehicles, with push-button starts because the vehicles do not make a sound when the driver’s door is open, which is required by federal regulation. The company will modify the software so that the vehicles will make an “audible door chime” when the driver’s door is open.

 

Source: Detroit News