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Stall Risk Causes Ford to Recall Over 1 Million Focuses

by Jared Staver in Auto Accidents, Personal Injury

Michigan-based automobile manufacturer Ford Motors has recalled 1.4 million Focuses, due to the discovery of a faulty canister purge valve that can cause stalling, fuel issues, and software malfunctions. Ford has stated that it is unaware of any accidents caused by the defective part. Recall notifications began on March 12, 2018, although repairs are not set to begin until December 2018.

If you or your loved one has been injured in an accident due to an automotive defect, the best next step is to contact Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. You may be entitled to recovery for your injuries. A lack of prompt notice of a vehicle or vehicle part failure can lead to a preventable accident. Don’t face the stress of medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering alone. Let our experienced attorneys handle the legal battles as part of your fight to recovery. Call us at (312) 236-2900 or use our online contact form.

Types of Focuses Under Recall Notice Reference No. 18S32

  • 2012-2018 Focus with 2.0 Liter GDI engines, built in the Michigan assembly plant before April 13, 2017
  • 2.0 Liter GTDI engines, built before Feb. 2, 2018

Focus owners can confirm whether their vehicle has been affected by checking the vehicle identification number (VIN) on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) online recall database. This is one of 32 current recalls for the Ford Focus.

The defective valve in the evaporative (EVAP) emission control system can cause the vehicles to stall, which may not allow for a car restart. This can put drivers at risk for an accident. The valve malfunction is also linked to software that can give drivers an inaccurate fuel reading. If the valve is stuck in the open position, the fuel tank can warp, causing leakage. To avoid fuel loss while awaiting repairs, Ford is recommending that drivers keep their gas tanks at least half full.

Drivers can take their vehicle to a Ford dealership for a free recall repair. The service department will reprogram the powertrain control module and run a diagnostic check for any other failure or fault codes. If necessary, service will also replace the canister purge valve, which will also require replacement of the fuel system (fuel tank, fuel delivery parts) and the carbon canister. Any related replacements will also be performed free of charge.

The Duty to Recall

If a vehicle does not meet Federal safety standards, then the manufacturer must issue a recall. A manufacturer must warn consumers if there are risks to product safety and function. A safety-related defect is an issue that affects a large fleet of vehicles or parts that can affect the safety and welfare of drivers and others. If left untreated, the issue can result in vehicle or part failure, increasing the probability of accident and injury.
However, some manufacturers only issue recalls after pressure from NHTSA investigations and consumer complaints. When a manufacturer’s failure to notify a consumer causes an accident, the manufacturer may be responsible for the damages that result. You may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

Get Help Today

At Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C., our personal injury attorneys put their knowledge to work to help you navigate the accident claim process. If you have been injured due to faulty vehicle part, contact us today. We care about your recovery process, and we will guide you through your legal issues to make sure you have someone on your side to represent your interests. Let us be your voice today. Call (312) 236-2900 for a free consultation.