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Canadian's With HOT Bottoms, Another Quality Problem: Ford To Repair Faulty Heated Seats in Focus

DETROIT, Aug 25, 2004; Reuters reported that Ford Motor Co. said on Wednesday it will fix malfunctioning heated seats in 33,000 Focus cars, two-thirds of which were sold in Canada.

Some 2003 and 2004 model year Focus cars are fitted with heating pads that are not properly bonded to the lower seat foam, potentially leading to uneven seat heating, Ford spokesman Glenn Ray said.

"What can happen is it can become too hot," Ray said.

Earlier models of the Focus cars have been plagued by recalls, but the cars have been relatively trouble-free in recent years. Focus vehicles from the 2000 model year have already been recalled 13 times. About 261,000 2000 model year vehicles are also being investigated by U.S. safety regulators for faulty door latches.