Ford Recalls Transit, Focus Models in North America

AutoInformed.comFord recalls 2014 Transit Connect vehicles to reinstall badly glued panoramic roofs, and 2013-17 Focus hatchbacks to update interior latch release software. Only ~900 2014 Ford Transit Connect vehicles have a bad bond that may exist between the panoramic roof and the vehicle body, resulting in wind noise, water leaks and, in some cases, separation from the vehicle. If the entire panoramic roof separates from the vehicle while driving, it can increase the risk of crash or injury, of course. 

Ford said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with this issue. Affected vehicles include 2014 Transit Connect vehicles built at Valencia Assembly Plant between Oct. 4, 2013 and July 14, 2014. There are ~2,592 vehicles affected, including 887 in the United States and 28 in Canada. Dealers will remove, clean and re-glue the panoramic roof on affected vehicles at no cost to the customer as required by U.S. law on recalls.

On 2013-17 Focus hatchback and Focus RS models with manual transmissions, Ford recalls ~74,000 of the hatchbacks to update hatchback interior latch release software. In affected vehicles, the rear hatchback can be unlocked and unlatched with a single press of the interior latch release when the vehicle is traveling under than 7 kph (4 mph). The latch release button is located on the left side of the steering column. FMVSS 206 Section 4.3.2 requires two separate actions to unlock the door and operate the interior latch release control mechanism. Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with this issue.

Affected vehicles with manual transmissions include 2013-17 Ford Focus vehicles built at Michigan Assembly Plant between Feb. 12, 2012 and Aug. 26, 2016; and 2016-17 Ford Focus RS vehicles built at Saarlouis Assembly Plant between Aug. 3, 2015 and Aug. 26, 2016. There are approximately 73,915 vehicles affected, including 64,038 in the United States and federalized territories and 9,877 in Canada. Dealers will reprogram the body control module with updated software at no cost to the customer as U.S. law stipulates.


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