Ford Focus Electric Recalled for Possible Power Failure
Ford has announced a recall for certain 2012-2014 Focus Electric cars because the vehicles may suddenly lose power while driving. Over 2,600 Focus Electric vehicles in the U.S. are affected by the campaign. More are located in Canada and federalized territories. Ford said that the problem is caused by a software issue linked to the power control module. If a failure occurs, Ford said that a "Stop Safely Now" warning light will appear in the instrument cluster. Braking and steering will continue to function as normal, Ford also said. One crash has been linked with the problem, but no injuries have been reported. The affected vehicles were all built at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant from September 15,2011 to August 8, 2013. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating odd "Stop Safely Now" messages and stalling on Focus Electric vehicles a few months ago when it received 12 safety complaints. One owner alleged that after the Ford Focus Electric stalled, it failed to restart and had to be pushed to safety. Ford announced that dealers will reprogram the powertrain control module to fix the problem. It is unclear when the Ford Focus Electric recall will begin. In the meantime, owners can contact Ford at (866) 436-7332. Source: Reuters
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