Ford Recalls 279,646 Focus Compact Cars

DETROIT Reuters reports that Ford Motor recalling 279,646 of its 2000 and 2001 model year Focus compacts because of a problem that could cause the rear wheels to wobble.

Ford spokesman Mike Vaughn said the potential problem stemmed from corrosion caused by road salt used to melt snow and ice on roads in winter. The recall covers 21 U.S. states and six Canadian provinces.

Because of the salt, the rear wheel seal on the cars may experience surface corrosion, Vaughn said, adding that this could ultimately cause damage to the wheel bearing. If not repaired, the condition could result in a wobbling of the rear wheels.

He added that no accidents or injuries had been reported because of damage to the Focus wheel bearings.

``We don't consider this a safety issue,'' he said.

Vaughn said affected customers would receive letters by mid-December instructing them to return their cars to dealers for an inspection and the installation of a drum or disk bearing kit.

Ford, which is suffering its worst financial crisis in nearly a decade, has been hit by a string of embarrassing and costly quality glitches over the past two years. The 2000 model Focus alone has been recalled seven times for safety problems since it was introduced in mid-1999.

Home | Buyers Guides For Every Auto Make | New Car Buyers Guide | Used Car Super Search | Total New Car Costs | 2016-1993 Car Reviews Truck Reviews
1996-2016 Automotive News | TACH-TV | Media Library | Discount Auto Parts

Copyright © 1996-2016 The Auto Channel. Contact Information, Credits, and Terms of Use. These following titles and media identification are Trademarks owned by The Auto Channel, LLC and have been in continuous use since 1987 : The Auto Channel, Auto Channel and TACH all have been in continuous use world wide since 1987, in Print, TV, Radio, Home Video, Newsletters, On-line, and other interactive media; all rights are reserved and infringement will be acted upon with force.

Privacy Statement | Size Does Matter | Media Kit | XML SITE MAP | Affiliates

Send your questions, comments, and suggestions to

Submit Company releases or Product News stories to
Place copy in body of email, NO attachments please.

To report errors and other problems with this page, please use this form.

Link to this page: