Ford Focus recall announced for windshield wiper problem

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Ford has recalled 140,310 Focus cars over a faulty wiring harness in the passenger windshield wiper motor. Photo Credit: Michael Gil/Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY

Ford has announced a recall for more than 140,000 Focus units because of a fault in the windshield wiper motors. The motor can develop a leak, causing the wiper motor to fail and thus pose a risk of reduced visibility to drivers.

Ford out to wipe defect from the Focus

The Ford Motor Company, according to the New York Times has filed a brief with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announcing a recall for the Focus because of a defect in the windshield wiper motor. The Ford Focus recall covers only 2012 models. In total, according to Inside Line, the recall affects 140,310 Focus cars.

The affected units were manufactured between Aug. 1, 2010, and Oct. 18, 2011. All recalled Focuses were made at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich. Ford dealers have been notified that a hold has been placed on delivery of the Focus until the problem is resolved.

Leaking harness

The issue is with the wiring harness for the passenger-side windshield wiper motor. On affected vehicles, a faulty seal in the wiring can cause water, wiper fluid and other liquids or materials to leak into the wiring harness connector. The wiper motor can work erratically or fail as a result, reducing visibility and increase the chances of a crash.

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The defect, according to the New York Times, was discovered at the factory, where all U.S. Ford Focus models are assembled. The recall being limited to vehicles made on or before Oct. 18, 2011 means Ford could have received a bad batch of parts from the manufacturer, though automakers are usually loathe to disclose if they received a bad shipment or from which manufacturer they received them from.

The recall will start by May 21. Ford will contact owners and direct them to take their cars to their local Ford dealership and service center, where the wiper wiring harness will be cleaned, inspected and sealed or replaced as necessary, free of charge.

E-series van switches cleared by NHTSA

In other news, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has wrapped a probe into faulty blower motor switches in the E-350 and E-450 series of large passenger vans, according to The Detroit News. The agency had received 1,036 complaints of failed switches, two of which resulted in a fire. No injuries were reported.

The NHTSA began an investigation in December of 2009 into the possibility of fire in nearly 1.1 million 1997 to 2008 E-350 and E-450 vans. The probe was upgraded to an engineering analysis in April 2010, often the last step before a recall.

However, the NHTSA is not urging Ford to issue a recall. Ford has issued a technical service bulletin ordering dealers to replace the switch and electrical connector with a different switch that is less likely to fail or cause a fire.


New York Times

Inside Line

The Detroit News

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