Ford recalls sedans with noncompliant welds


Dearborn, Mich. – Sept. 1, 2017 – Ford Motor Company has recalled approximately 835 Focus sedans with noncompliant welds, according to an internal news release. The campaign affects 698 Focus models originating from U.S. dealerships, 132 sold in Canada and five in Mexico.

The Defect

The vehicles referenced in this recall have second-row seat-back frames with welds that do not effectively penetrate the space between the outboard pivot bracket and the pivot nut joint. This could reduce the structural integrity of the seat-back frame – particularly the pivot nut joint – and therefore put occupants at risk, especially in the event of an accident. Even so, Ford has not received reports linking the defect to any accidents or injuries.

Timeline of Events

Ford has yet to release details on the investigation that uncovered the defect.

The Solution

The automaker will direct dealers to replace the air bag assemblies in affected models, free of charge. However, Ford has not released a timetable for dealer or owner notification. Individuals in need of more immediate assistance can contact Ford customer service personnel at (800) 392-3673. Callers should use the recall identification code 17C13. Owners can also call the National Highway Transportation Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

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