November 04, 2002
Ford Motor Has Recalled the 2000
and 2001 Ford Focus
(SafetyAlerts) - Ford Motor Co. is reported to
have recalled the Ford Focus for 2000 and 2001
model years, covering more than 572,000
One recall involves a bolt in the front suspension
assembly that may be loose and cause noise,
vibration or, in a small number of cases,
separation of the ball joint, the company is
reported to have said.
The other recall involves Focus vehicles with
Zetec engines in which potential problems with
battery cable routing could result in smoke, wire
melting or a fire.
``We are serious about improving not just the
quality of the new Focus, but also the reliability of
Focus cars from prior model years,'' Sue
Cischke, vice president for environmental and
safety engineering, is reported to have said in a
statement. ``Although these two concerns are
rare occurrences, they could have safety
consequences and we want to ensure our
Ford said it will notify customers through the mail
to bring their vehicles dealers for free repairs.
The cars being recalled are primarily in the U.S.,
Ford is reported to have said, although some are
in Canada, Mexico and other countries.
For the front suspension recall, technicians will
inspect the lower control arm hardware and
tighten, or replace, the affected bolt as
The battery cable repair involves inspecting and
re-routing of cables and replacement of the
cables, if necessary.
The Focus was introduced with the 2000 model
year and quickly became the country's
fifth-best-selling car. It previously has been
recalled for problems ranging from faulty seat
latches and windshield wipers to a throttle that
can stick open.