The joint venture of Ford Motor Co. in China -- Changan Ford – has issued a recall of 191,770 Focus sedans built as early as 2009, according to China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ). The recall was issued following a discovery by AQSIQ of fuel leak risk in the Focus sedan.
AQSIQ probed into consumer complaints and concluded that refueling hoses in the sedan could crack and cause fuel leakage in extreme cases, possibly resulting to fires. Ford will replace the necessary parts to get rid safety hazards, according to a statement. AQSIQ could oblige Ford to widen the recall if it discovers more vehicles with similar issues.
Ford China spokeswoman Claire Li disclosed Changan Ford rolled out a customer satisfaction program in January 2012 with dealers covering 161,170 Focus vehicles for the same issue. She said the latest recall was an extension of the previous action to cover all vehicles concerned.
In May 2010, Ford called back 236,643 Focus cars to fix ignition issues. In July 2014, Ford recalled 25,802 Edge SUVs in China in July.
The Focus -- Ford’s best-seller in China – dominated the sedan category in the first seven months of 2014, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. Ford posted a 30-percent jump in sales to 717,537 vehicles in China in the first eight months of 2014.