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Ford in Its Seventh Recall of Focus

November 27, 2001

Sacramento - Ford financial managers don't have to look far when trying to examine why the company is in such dire financial straits. The company is believed to have set a record yesterday in announcing the seventh recall of the Ford Focus in the last year. And while Ford denies that the latest is a safety related recall, most agree that a problem resulting in the rear wheels wobbling or even coming off, is a safety issue, if not also a quality issue.

Ford says that salt used to melt snow on roadways could cause the rear wheel seals to corrode and fail. This could lead to wheel bearing damage that would eventually allow the rear wheel to wobble and possibly break free from the vehicle.

The recall involves 279,646 vehicles manufactured in 2000 and 2001.