2012 Ford Focus recalled for defective passenger-side windshield wiper motors

Article by Christian A., on April 9, 2012

Because of the possibility of defective passenger-side windshield wiper motors, Ford Motor Co. has issued the recall of 140,310 Focus cars from model year 2012 in the U.S. Documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that a seal plug in the wiper motor electrical connector could be missing and this allows water to reach the motor's electrical connection.

This lessens the visibility and raises the risk of a crash. This may lead to an inoperative wiper on the passenger side as well as reduce visibility and raise the risk of a crash. Ford said that no accidents or injuries had been reported due to the issue. The NHTSA said that owners will be given notifications before May 21 that if needed, the wiper motor connector will be cleaned and sealed.

According to separate NHTSA documents, Chrysler has issued the recall for 1,689 2012 model Jeep Patriot and Compass sport utility vehicles that may have been assembled with a fuel tank assembly which has a damaged rollover valve.

During an accident or rollover, fuel could leak and raise the risk of a fire. In a NHTSA filing, Chrysler said that it didn’t know of any accidents, leaks, fires or injuries because of the issue. The recall is slated to commence by June.

Ford Motor Company developed the next generation Focus in Europe. Part of the company’s new global C-segment platform, this new hero model will be sold in 120 markets around the world with 80% of their parts in common. By 2012, the platform will support ten vehicles globally, which equates to two million units annually.

A major milestone in this strategy is the presenting in Paris of three core Ford Focus body styles. A few months later, the Saarlouis and Michigan plants will start producing Focuses at the same time to meet the delivery goal of at least ten new versions worldwide from the same platform.

Ford will also confirm in Paris that the next generation Ford Focus range of three models will not extend to three-door or Coupé-Cabriolet variations.

These three Focus models, exhibiting Ford’s sleek coupe design in a five-door hatchback, already provide a perfect combination of everyday use and sportiness, so there is little need or room for a three door-option.

Buyers who want a similar dynamism with more space can look towards the elegant C-MAX, which is part of the latest range of C-cars. So, all needs can be met.

Ford promised an additional performance model to the next-generation Ford Focus line-up, and the company is using Paris to preview how it will appear when it is introduced in 2012. In Paris, the new and impressive Ford Focus ST is unveiled, and its incredible look will be matched by the enjoyable driving from its 250 PS EcoBoost powerplant.

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