February 16, 2001
Ford Recalls 2000 - 2001 Focus
Detroit, MI (SafetyAlerts) - The National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has
published a recall affecting the 2001 Ford
Focus. The affected model was manufactured
from March 1999 through October 2000.
Certain station wagons and 3-door vehicles have
a folding 60/40 second seat that becomes a load
floor in the folded position. When the 60 percent
portion of the seat is folded down and a load is
applied to the front edge of the load floor, the
outboard hinge pivot could disengage from the
hinge. If the seat is then returned to the upright
position without re-engaging the hinge pivot, the
seat and seat belts may not provide the intended
level of protection in the event of a crash.
95,000 automobiles are affected by this recall.
Dealers will install a revised seat back hinge
The manufacturer has reported that owner
notification began Jan. 2, 2001. Owners who do
not receive the free remedy within a reasonable
time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.
[NHTSA Recall No. 00V418, Mfg. #00S55]