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Ford has announced that it's to recall 2,600 Focus Electric models to rectify a fault that could lead to a loss of power while driving.
According to The Detroit News, the fault is caused by a software flaw in the powertrain control module. This fault can result in a loss of power to the wheels, accompanied by a 'Stop Safely Now' warning in the instrument cluster.
The recall was initiated following reports that some Focus Electrics were shutting down completely while driving. None of the incidents resulted in crashes or injuries. Ford has confirmed that steering and braking systems will continue to operate normally in this scenario, so drivers will still be able to pull safely off the road.
The latest recall is limited to models built at the Wayne, Michigan assembly plant between September 15, 2011 and August 8, 2013. Nearly all affected vehicles were sold in the U.S.
Ford dealers will reprogram the powertrain control module to correct the fault. Concerned owners can visit the ford.com website and click on 'safety recalls', to enter their vehicle's VIN to see whether their car is affected.
The Focus Electric was also part of a recent recall to Ford C-Max Hybrid models, after vehicles failed to provide an audible warning for an open door while the ignition is on. 23,800 cars were affected.