Ford Recalls Focus, Vans Due to Hatchback Latch, Roof Panel Malfunctions
The focus's Hatchback can be improperly unlatched and the van's roof can separate from the vehicle
Ford is recalling more than 64,000 model year 2013-2017 Ford Focus hatchback vehicles and nearly 1,000 model year 2014 Transit Connect vans.
The hatchback of the affected Focus vehicles may be unlatched with a single press of the interior latch release button.
As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 206, "Door Locks and Door Retention Components."
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the Body Control Module with updated software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 14, 2016.
On the recalled Transit Connect vans, the panoramic roof panel may have an inadequate bond to the vehicle, possibly resulting in the panel separating from the vehicle.
If the panoramic roof panel separates from the vehicle while it is being driven, it may increase the risk of a crash.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will remove, clean, and reinstall the panoramic roof panel, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 31, 2016.
For further information regarding either recall, consumers may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332.