Ford Focus and Fusion Vehicles Recalled, Clutch Could Fracture and Damage Transmission

A damaged transmission could leak fluid, increasing the risk of a fire if an ignition source is present

Ford Focus and Fusion Vehicles Recalled, Clutch Could Fracture and Damage Transmission
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march 26, 2018

Ford is recalling approximately 5,360 model year 2015-2016 Ford Focus vehicles equipped with a 1.0L GTDI engine and 6-speed manual transmission, and model year 2013-2014 Ford Fusion vehicles equipped with a 1.6L GTDI engine and 6-speed manual transmission.

What's the problem?

The clutch on the affected vehicles may fracture, resulting in damage to the transmission assembly and possibly a transmission fluid leak.

A transmission fluid leak in the presence of an ignition source, such as hot engine or exhaust components, can increase the risk of a fire.

What happens next?

Owners of the recalled Focus and Fusion vehicles will receive an interim notification from Ford in late March or early April 2018. Once the necessary parts are available, a second notice will be mailed. Ford says this should occur in the second quarter of 2018 (April to June).

Once the parts are available, Ford dealers will update the Focus vehicles with software that detects and prevents prolonged clutch slip, and will replace the clutch, as necessary, free of charge. Owners of Fusion vehicles will have their clutch assembly replaced free of charge.

Vehicle owners with questions about this recall can contact Ford customer service at (866) 436-7332—use recall reference number 18S07.