Ford Recalls Nearly 1.3 Million Focus Vehicles That Can Stall, Have Damage to Some Fuel System Parts

incorrect software can fail to detect a certain malfunction, which can cause damage to the fuel system and stalling

Ford Recalls Nearly 1.3 Million Focus Vehicles That Can Stall, Have Damage to Some Fuel System Parts
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October 29, 2018

Ford has announced a recall that is affecting nearly 1.3 million Ford Focus vehicles with a 2.0L GDI or 2.0L GTDI engine. In 2012-2018 Ford Focus vehicles, the Canister Purge Valve (CPV) may malfunction, possibly causing excessive vacuum in fuel vapor management system. The excessive vacuum may result in an engine stall while driving, without warning and without the ability to restart the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Ford is not aware of any reports of accident or injury related to this condition.

What's the problem?

Affected vehicles equipped with 2.0L GDI and 2.0L GTDI engines may experience a malfunctioning Canister Purge Valve (CPV) that can stick open during the evaporative leak monitor check and Powertrain Control Module (PCM) software that does not adequately detect a stuck-open CPV. A CPV that is stuck open can cause excessive vacuum in the fuel vapor management system, potentially deforming the plastic fuel tank. If this occurs, the customer may observe a Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL), inaccurate or erratic fuel gauge indication, drivability concerns or loss of motive power.

What happens next?

Ford will notify owners and dealers will reprogram the PCM software. Updated PCM software will identify a malfunctioning stuck-open CPV, prevent associated damage to the fuel tank and illuminate the Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL) if the CPV is malfunctioning. Updated PCM software was implemented into production for the 2.0L GDI vehicles on 13-Apr-2017 and 2.0L GTDI vehicles on 02-Feb-2018. Until the vehicle is serviced for this concern, owners are advised to keep the fuel tank at least halfway full.

Dealers will also check for fault codes and replace the CPV as needed. If the CPV is replaced, dealers will inspect and replace the carbon canister, fuel tank and fuel delivery module as necessary.

Mailing of owner notification letters is expected to begin December 10, 2018 and is expected to be completed by December 20, 2018. Owners may contact Ford Customer service at (866) 436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 18S32.