If you own a 2012-2018 Ford Focus, you might want to read this.
Ford is recalling nearly 1.3 million Focus cars in the US due to an issue with the canister purge valve that could cause the engine to stall without warning. The automaker warns the defect may result in inaccurate fuel levels, engine stalls or an "inability to restart the vehicle," thus increasing the risk of a crash.
"Affected vehicles are equipped with a canister purge valve that may become stuck in an open position," the automaker said in a statement. "If this occurs, an excessive vacuum in the fuel system could cause deformation of the vehicle's plastic fuel tank. As a result, the customer could observe a malfunction indicator light or a fuel gauge with fluctuating or inaccurate fuel levels."
Specifically, the recall affects Focus models from 2012 through 2018 model years with 2.0-liter GDI and 2.0-liter GTDI engines. Additionally, 136,272 vehicles in Canada and 44,521 in Mexico are being recalled. Ford became aware of the issue after the NHTSA presented the automaker with customer complaints of a suspected "loss of motive power" on 2012-14 Focus vehicles.
Ford is unaware of any accidents or injuries related to the issue but advises customers to maintain at least half a tank of gas until the recall is completed. To rectify the issue, Ford and Lincoln dealers will reprogram the powertrain control module and check for fault codes before replacing the valve if required. If it is replaced, Ford will also inspect and replace the carbon canister, fuel tank, and fuel delivery module if necessary.
We've also heard the Fiesta ST can suffer from the same issue, though no recall has been issued at this moment. In fact, a CarBuzz writer owns a 2017 Fiesta ST and experienced issues with the car stalling after filling up with gas. After researching the issue on a Fiesta forum, the car was repaired at a local Ford dealership under warranty with no issues.