Ford Motor Company is recalling approximately 1.5 million of its popular 2012-2018 Focus. Ford claims that the recall stems from an issue with the canister purge valve that may trigger engine stalls.

Ford has warned owners that the defective valve may produce inaccurate fuel levels and possible engine stalls with an “inability to restart the vehicle”, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

The recall affects Focus 2.0 liter GDI and GTDI models manufactured between 2012 and 2018. Of the 1.5 million recalls, nearly 1.3 are in the U.S., while 136,272 vehicles have been recalled in Canada and 44,521 in Mexico.

Although Ford is unaware of any accidents or injuries related to the defect, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration first contacted the company after receiving numerous complaints from consumers regarding a “loss of motive power” of their vehicles.

Ford is urging consumers to visit a Ford or Lincoln dealer that will reprogram the powertrain control module, check for fault codes, and replace the valve, as necessary. In the meantime, Ford is instructing owners to maintain at least a half a tank of gas until the recall is completed.

Ford began notifying owners of the recall in late 2018. All repairs performed at a dealer will be done at no charge.

If you believe your vehicle has an open recall, you may check NHTSA’s website. When directed, plug in your vehicle’s 17-digit vehicle identification number into the NHTSA website. If your number does not appear, your vehicle does not have any open recalls.

If you or a family member has been involved in a serious Texas car accident and you suspect an auto defect or simply do not know the cause, please contact us today at The Callahan Law Firm in Houston, TX.