Ford has announced a recall of approximately 1.4 million model-year 2012-2018 Focus cars equipped with either a 2.0-liter GDI or 2.0-liter GTDI engine due to an issue with the canister purge valve.  The canister purge valve may become stuck in an open position which could cause an excessive vacuum in the fuel vapor management system, causing the engine to stall while driving and then not restart or have difficulty restarting, increasing the risk of a crash.

Ford will begin notifying owners on Dec. 10. Owners can call the automaker at 866-436-7332 or the Nationally Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 to learn more.

Until the vehicle is serviced, Ford advises owners to keep the fuel tank at least halfway full. To fix the problem, dealers will reprogram the powertrain control module and replace the canister purge valve, if necessary. If the valve is replaced, dealers will also inspect and replace the carbon canister, fuel tank, and fuel delivery module as needed.

Vehicle manufacturers are legally required to repair any recalled issues or replace the defective part for free under the Highway Safety Act of 1970. If the dealership refuses to fix the problem or attempts to charge you for the repair, contact the manufacturer immediately.

Lemon Law Group Partners can assist car owners if they encounter any problems during the recall process with the manufacturer. Our attorneys deal directly with the manufacturer on the client’s behalf to quickly resolve the problem. In many cases, the attorneys get paid directly from the manufacturer so the client does not have to pay any attorneys’ fees to obtain legal counsel. For more information and a free consultation call 888-668-8581.