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Ford Motor Has Recalled The 2000 And 2001 Ford Focus

Nov 4, 2002 |

Ford Motor Co. is reported to have recalled the Ford Focus for 2000 and 2001 model years, covering more than 572,000 vehicles.

One recall involves a bolt in the front suspension assembly that may be loose and cause noise, vibration or, in a small number of cases, separation of the ball joint, the company is reported to have said.

The other recall involves Focus vehicles with Zetec engines in which potential problems with battery cable routing could result in smoke, wire melting or a fire.

``We are serious about improving not just the quality of the new Focus, but also the reliability of Focus cars from prior model years,'' Sue Cischke, vice president for environmental and safety engineering, is reported to have said in a statement. ``Although these two concerns are rare occurrences, they could have safety consequences and we want to ensure our customers' peace-of-mind.''

Ford said it will notify customers through the mail to bring their vehicles dealers for free repairs. The cars being recalled are primarily in the U.S., Ford is reported to have said, although some are in Canada, Mexico and other countries.

For the front suspension recall, technicians will inspect the lower control arm hardware and tighten, or replace, the affected bolt as necessary.

The battery cable repair involves inspecting and re-routing of cables and replacement of the cables, if necessary.

The Focus was introduced with the 2000 model year and quickly became the country's fifth-best-selling car. It previously has been recalled for problems ranging from faulty seat latches and windshield wipers to a throttle that can stick open.

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