Ford recalls Focus over fire risk

Ford Australia is informing Ford Focus owners than nearly 50,000 vehicles could have dangerous faults that lead to their cars catching fire

Ford Australia is informing Ford Focus owners than nearly 50,000 vehicles could have dangerous faults that lead to their cars catching fire

Ford Australia is informing Ford Focus owners than almost 50,000 vehicles could have risky faults that lead to their cars catching fire.

The recall is being overseen by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and involves Ford Focus vehicles built between the 12 of April 2011 and the 29 of September 2015.

The alarm bells rang this week after Ford discovered that a blocked carbon canister in the fuel line could cause the fuel tank to crack, resulting in a leak which could lead to a fire if close to an ignition source.

Ford will write to individual owners, but anyone anxious about their vehicle is urged to contact their local Ford dealer to arrange an inspection.

The safety recall is unrelated to an incident in Melbourne in 2016 when a 2012-model Focus burst into flames.

A spokesman for Ford New Zealand said a fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source can lead to a fire. The owner said the vehicle was heavily smoking for about four minutes before flames engulfed the auto.

Further info is also available from authorised Ford dealers or the Ford Customer Relationship Centre on toll-free 1800 503 672.

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