TAMPA, Fla. — Ford Motor Company is recalling Focus cars due to faulty software that could cause the vehicles to stall while being driven.
A previous recall for the same problem did not completely fix the issue.
Ford says the software may not work correctly when a malfunctioning valve sticks open. That could lead to the deformation of the fuel tank which may cause the vehicle to lose power.
Drivers could also notice problems with the car's gas gauge or a warning light illuminated on the dashboard.
The recall affects the following 58,000 Focus models:
- 2012 Focus with a 2.0-liter GDI engine built from October 7, 2010 to July 23, 2012.
- 2013-14 Focus ST with a 2.0-liter GTDI engine built from May 3, 2012 through Dec. 11, 2014.
- 2017 Focus with a 2.0-liter GDI engine built from Aug. 24, 2016 through April 13, 2017.
Ford is recommending owners keep the gas tanks on affected vehicles at least half full until the faulty software is fixed.
Customers are asked to contact their Ford dealership to schedule the repair. The software will be reprogrammed for free to prevent the emissions system from malfunctioning.
Owners with questions can call Ford at 866-436-7332 noting recall #19S22 for more information.