Sporty handling, relatively low noise, and a well-done interior make the Focus feel more like a small sports sedan than a humdrum compact. Though not blazingly fast, the Focus does get good fuel economy. Several flaws keep it from being one of our top-rated small cars, though. The most irksome of those is the PowerShift automatic transmission, which stumbles at low speeds.
Alerts
There are 6 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2015 Ford Focus owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"transmission repaired under recall"

Anonymous, IL (2015 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"As I stated previously, I kept verbalizing complaints of the auto’s performance to the dealership. I consistently keep up with the recommended service times. On the last visit, they replaced the clutch, as if this was the response to my ongoing complaints. Surprise! Surprise! It does not feel differently to me. It’s scary because I have no confidence in the performance of this car. I am supposed to be pleased that the replacement was covered under the warranty. I am not pleased because nothing seems to change or improve the performance of this auto."

Carol S., PA (2015 Ford Focus)

"Dual clutch failure. Know issue."

Anonymous, MA (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The clutch caused the car to jerk between 1st and 2nd. It was replaced twice under warranty."

Anonymous, NC (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The clutch replacement was the solution under warranty to the rough shifting reported above."

Stephen G., VT (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"RickBallFord in Sedalia MO replaced my clutches and now shifts smoother"

Tony W., MO (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Under warranty Ford just replaced the clutch at only 46,000 miles. Dealer informed me this would have to happen again at about 90,000 miles, which would be out of warranty."

Peter W., CA (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The clutch had to be replaced, car jerked at low speeds."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"A second replacement was completed in the past week. I was told it may not be the last as Ford has not have a 100% fix for this problem going back to the year 2014."

Syd M., ON (2015 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch starting acting up shortly after I bought car. Dealer was great with repairs and supporting service including a ride to an airport. Very pleased with dealer"

Anonymous, NC (2015 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"received a class action suit that was pending against Ford. Rather than join the suit;, our local dealer repaired the assembly under warranty. Our local dealer has always fixed any warranty issues on our cars."

Anonymous, MN (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Accelerating from stop, pulsing or shutering in first gear."

Thomas F., PA (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"After a few weeks, clutch started slipped and rough shifting. Dealer said it was a software issue. Installed new software. Still had issue. Re-evaluated as clutch. Replaced under warranty. Drives great now"

Anonymous, IA (2015 Ford Focus S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"car jerked on take off as clutch slipped"

Albert F., VA (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Purchased it used. Clutch was a bit jerky, brought to dealership and they replaced clutch under warranty"

Jon K., MN (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The stutter has not been corrected"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Ford Focus S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"This is the second Ford Focus (had a 2012) that required major transmission work. Hope Ford got it right this time"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Ford Focus SE)

"Shifting was difficult. Clutch was examined and needed repolacement. Ford replaced it under warranty"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch was replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"We also had a 2013 Focus with the exact same transmission problem. It is inconceivable to me that Ford was aware of the problem and yet did nothing to change the design in newer cars. I will never, ever consider purchasing a Ford product again."

Peter W., CA (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission/clutch started slipping and upon notifing a dealer ship it ws replaced immediately. No adjustments as had been required with our 2012. Very pleased."

Anonymous, AL (2015 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Poor shifting before repair"

Richard H., NC (2015 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission kept on slipping and eventually would sometimes refuse to engage with less than 10000 miles on the car."

Barb A., MN (2015 Ford Focus)

"Dry clutch required replacement."

Anonymous, NH (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Clutch started slipping. It has been replaced under warranty twice and is about to be replaced again."

Daniel C., MD (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"i Have had to 2 major transmission related repairs on this vehicle 1 of those i was charged for, recalls on this care about parts that have already been replaced continue to fail"

Charity E., AR (2015 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"The entire drivetrain of the electric car had to be rebuilt last year after I reported that there was a lot of noise, and unreliable/dangerous/unpredictable operation of the car. The car was in the shop for over 4 weeks and I still had to pay for the lease- shame on FORD. Never again going to buy from that company"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Ford Focus Electric Electric)

"The transmission was rough, jerky and had to be replaced. Luckily, I bought an extended warranty."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Bad design, and Ford knows it. It took them a week to replace the transmission."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Slippage in transmission. Replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, MN (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Vibration and shudder"

James R., WI (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"There was a design error in the original transmissions. It has been replaced twice. The new tranny works fine"

Steven W., MN (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"clutch has been replaced twice in 32,000 miles , Otherwise I am happy with the car and service from my Ford dealer"

Albert F., VA (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer replaced transmission for free and guarantied for life of car"

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Slipping and rough shifting. Design error"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Dealer fxed it"

Richard H., NC (2015 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission started acting up - not shifting when it should, shifting when it shouldn't, made funny clicking noises."

Robert L., OR (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"It shifts prematurely, therefore losing power. The warranty replacement was a slight improvement. Also the heater and defroster don't spread evenly which is a problem for visibility in Colorado winters."

Anonymous, CO (2015 Ford Focus)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Clutch adjustment

"Clutches were adjusted. Few miles later problem returned, but did not get worse."

Anonymous, MN (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Rough shifting

"Even when brand new, 6-speed automatic transmission shifted smoothly only when gently accelerating. With full- or close to full-throttle acceleration, some shuddering at up-shift points; shifting worse when car not fully warmed up. Apparently transmission controls were not smoothly transmitting power from one gear clutch to the next higher gear clutch. Ford dealer investigated when I had car in for other service at 55,000 miles and replaced a clutch pack and a transmission seal under warranty. The oil leak was minor (I wasn't aware of it)."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"2 clutch system. Needed adjustment. A few miles later back to same problem. Starting off from a stop....car vibrates due to clutches. Ford recalled. Ford knows about focus problem."

Anonymous, MN (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The engine would bog down because the transmission wouldn't shift down at the right time, and also much of the time the shifts upward were hard and noisy. The software was updated once, there was no improvement, when we took it in to th e dealer the second time, they replaced the clutches and the car has been fine since then, that is, for the last 5800 miles."

Stephen G., VT (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"From 1st to 2nd gear the car shudders"

Tony W., MO (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"It was a recall issue that was present at the purchase, but the dealership did not reveal it and precertified the vehicle."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"When accelerating from a complete stop the vehicle has a tough time shifting and has a loss of power."

Kenny M., CO (2015 Ford Focus)

"I used to have a 2012 Ford Focus that had shifted roughly and slipped. I traded it for a new 2015 after several service visits. The 2015 ran fine for a year but soon began doing the same thing. Bad decision on my part. I would not recommend this vehicle."

Anonymous, NC (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Ford took care of it."

Anonymous, TX (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Car shakes roughly when shifting, sounds like there is something tumbling inside of transmission"

Anonymous, MI (2015 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Dealer stated it has a automatic manual trans that bucks and shifts roughly especially during warmer weather"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The ride is not smooth and acts like it will stall"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Ford Focus S 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Bucks and studdders when starting to move"

Anonymous, TN (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission has been "notchy" since I leased the car. Sometimes it pops out of fourth gear if it is not very firmly shifted into that gear"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Not a smooth transition between gear changes, vehicle will often jerk when shifting. Here's the kicker, apparently this is a known issue for this model because the dealer can't get us into see the car until July (we made the call back in March)"

Patrick J., VA (2015 Ford Focus ST 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"hesitant shifting, shuddering, shaking when starting or re-accelerating under 40 mph"

Anonymous, AL (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"When accelerating from a stop the car will shudder. This happens more often when the temperature is above 80 degrees. Took it to the Ford Dealer and they said they could find no problems."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"It shifts hard sometimes"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"After approx 30 minutes of driving. Starting up again after stopping you feel the transmission acting rough from 1st to 3rd gear"

Anonymous, OH (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"There was hesitation and rough shifting on start up. There was a recall for this problem and the dealer took care of the problem."

Anonymous, IL (2015 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Slipping transmission

"I really like driving this vehicle except I have no trust in the transmission"

Albert F., VA (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Occasionally when on Cruise Control going up a steep hill, at the top of the hill, the transmission stays in the lower gear too long on the way down. Have to turn off Cruise."

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Similar to the computer issues I previously described, the transmission does not transition smoothly through the gears....STUTTERS."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Ford Focus)

"Seemed like clutch was not grabbing when transmission shifted"

Robert L., OR (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Has a hitch in the shifting at lower speeds"

Anonymous, AL (2015 Ford Focus Titanium)

"SELECT SHIFT TRANSMISSION THEY ALL SLIP"

Anonymous, BC (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Xmission slips when starting from a standing stop"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The car would jerk at when starting from a full stop. It was not smooth when shifting gears"

Anonymous, MA (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"clutch was replaced twice"

Albert F., VA (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"seals need replacement. work done under warranty. Car is wonder now"

Anonymous, SC (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"only in first gear"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Transmission studders in lower gear range, especially in hot weather."

Gary M., NY (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I was on the turnpike at night and a message flashed to turn the car off because the engine was overheated. I ended up waiting about 10 minutes before I could resume driving. I have already replaced the TCM in my car. Now, it is back, again, to making noises, difficulty resuming driving after stopping at lights and inconsistencies in steering. There was another recall this past year regarding the transmission and Ford stating that the warranty will be extended. I have complained about the inconsistency in resuming driving after stopping and the noises while the car resumes. Of course, when they test it, they don’t see these problems. I take it back to the dealership because of the extended warranty. My main concern is my safety when driving, especially at night. My car has such a low mileage because I hate driving it. I have driven Ford for nearly 50 years and have never experienced any problems, which is why I continued to purchase a Ford. I wrote to Ford about 2 years ago regarding the car’s poor performance and got a perfunctory statement about to continue taking it to the dealership for any issues I have. I am very sorry that I didn’t fight to have this car replaced years ago. My car is still unaligned and, of course, I’m the only one that sees it. It is my understanding that Ford has discontinued the Focus car, and I can understand why. It is a lemon!"

Carol S., PA (2015 Ford Focus)
Transmission computer

"Transmission would overheat and shut off as a safe guard for the transmission. This has happened several times and is now shifting hard and slipping. It is scheduled for it's third transmission repairs in the last year."

Christopher E., TX (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission STUTTERS between 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th gears whenever you go from a STOPPED position. I'm told that is the new computer and belt gears that is causing it and that it cannot be fixed... It prevents the car from accelerating smoothly or in case of needing to accelerating quickly to get across traffic, prevents a safe transition. VERY ANNOYING, and UNSAFE."

Anonymous, CA (2015 Ford Focus)

"The TCM was reprogrammed but did not solve the problem. Service department has indicated that they can do nothing else unless engine light indicates a problem. Ford has extended the warranty on the transmission"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"I complained to the dealer since I purchased the car, about improper shifting they assured me that that was within normal parameters. I had the car in for an oil change and they said my transmission required attention. They replaced the two clutches and replaced the computer. The Focus operates very well better than when I purchased it. It operates now as a good gear transmission should."

Norm H., ON (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Shifting from purchase date was jerky not smooth. Took Ford over a year to realize problem was common and to get new parts designed, manufactured, issue recall, and install new part."

Anonymous, OR (2015 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint under front edge of hood flaking off exposing bare steel"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint job not very good. Tire pressure light faulty."

Anonymous, FL (2015 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Lower right front panel has some cracks and blisters. Collision avoidance sensor popped out."

Gary L., OR (2015 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Blower (fan) motor

"Fan motor sometimes does not switch between face/floor/defrost vents as it should."

Anonymous, OH (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

"No cooling. Condenser failed and was replaced."

Timothy L., MN (2015 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

"The heater and defroster don't spread the air out evenly on all the windows. During winter months, this leaves patchy ice spots even a half hour into the drive, which is dangerous in Colorado."

Anonymous, CO (2015 Ford Focus)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Would randomly stop working with a SD Card error. 3 system modules replaced by dealer"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Ford Focus Titanium 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Intermittent trouble pairing phone for media audio. No problem for calls."

Anonymous, WA (2015 Ford Focus SE 1.0-L 3 Cyl turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Body control module

"Ignition would not turn off even with key removed, engine would still run. Could not shut off engine except by dumping the clutch at a stop. Car drove normally with or without key. Dealership did not charge me for repair because there was a recall for this issue."

Anonymous, GA (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Wiper motor or washer

"Wipers kept stopping even during heavy rain. Dealer replaced several parts but no fix. Engineer from Ford came and found some substance coating windshield. Had dealer clean and polish until substance was removed. Wipers now work fine. I had to go back 5 times before this was fixed"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Ford Focus SE)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel injection system

"There was a problem with fuel system causing multiple parts needing to be replaced"

Charity E., AR (2015 Ford Focus 2.0-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"This was a recall due to the possibility that the engine could stall out while driving and not be able to be restarted."

Barb A., MN (2015 Ford Focus)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Rear driver's side door weatherstripping doesn't remain attached in cold weather"

Anonymous, VA (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

"Coolant leak due to manufacture defect. Car was in shop for 13 days. Ford covered everything under warranty"

Brian T., AL (2015 Ford Focus SE 1.0-L 3 Cyl turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"The poor alignment makes it difficult driving in traffic, because it impedes my judgement as to how close other cars are to me. It especially makes it difficult parking, because it impedes my ability to see the distance from other cars. Too often, I have to readjust it after I park. I had it aligned earlier this year, with no definitive difference. I have never had the problems I’m experiencing at anytime, prior to this car."

Carol S., PA (2015 Ford Focus)
Power steering leaks

"The poweer steering went out within 2 months after purchase and I was unable to drive the car. They had to replace the whole thing"

Anonymous, TX (2015 Ford Focus Titanium)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveline vibration

"I kept telling the dealership that I felt like I was on a roller coaster while driving. They initially couldn’t find anything wrong. I have been driving Fords for the past 40 years and have never experienced any major problems until this car. I had a 2009 previously and never replaced anything. I received a letter last year informing me that they are extending the warranty coverage on the TCM. They informed me that my car may experience intermittent loss of transmission engagement while driving, no-start, lack of power, etc. I expressed concerns that this was a lemon, but by this time I had it nearly 2 years. I even wrote a letter to Ford complaining about the performance of the auto and my dissatisfaction with it. I am retired and intended on this being my last car. As I stated, I have never experienced problems before in any of my autos like this one."

Carol S., PA (2015 Ford Focus)
Electrical failure

"Vehicle would not engage drive power due to software bug"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Ford Focus Electric Electric)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Squeaking

"Rear brake caliper was coming loose"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Ford Focus ST 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"Oil pan gasket was twisted when installed at the factory"

Jim F., AZ (2015 Ford Focus SE 2.0-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

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Recalls
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LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES:DOORS:LATCH
Jun 08 2020
A door that is not securely latched could open while the vehicle is in motion, increasing the risk of injury to a vehicle occupant.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2011-2014 Fiesta, 2013-2014 Fusion, 2015 Mustang, 2013-2015 Escape and C-Max, 2012-2015 Focus, 2014-2016 Transit Connect, 2013-2014 Lincoln MKZ, and 2015 MKC vehicles. These vehicles were previously recalled and repaired under recalls 15V-246, 16V-643 or 17V-210, however the repair may not have been completed properly. A component within the door latches may break making the doors difficult to latch and/or leading the driver or a passenger to believe a door is securely closed when, in fact, it is not.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the latch date codes to confirm if the repair was done correctly, and replace the side door latches if necessary, free of charge. Owners will also have the option to inspect their own vehicle's door latches and enter the date codes into a website to determine if the latches are correct. This recall began July 27, 2020. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 20S30.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20V331000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2147323
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE
Oct 22 2018
The excessive vaccuum may result in an engine stall while driving, without warning and without the ability to restart the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2012-2018 Ford Focus vehicles with a 2.0L GDI or 2.0L GTDI engine. The Canister Purge Valve (CPV) may malfunction, possibly causing excessive vacuum in fuel vapor management system.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the Powertrain Control Module. Dealers will also check for fault codes and replace the CPV as needed. If the CPV is replaced, dealers will inspect and replace the carbon canister, fuel tank and fuel delivery module as necessary. The recall began August 19, 2019. Owners may contact Ford Customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 18S32. Note: Until the vehicle is serviced for this concern, owners are advised to keep the fuel tank at least halfway full.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V735000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1282596
POWER TRAIN:MANUAL TRANSMISSION
Mar 12 2018
A transmission fluid leak in the presence of an ignition source such as hot engine or exhaust components can increase the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2013-2014 Ford Fusion vehicles equipped with a 1.6L GTDI engine and 6-speed manual transmission and 2015-2016 Ford Focus vehicles equipped with a 1.0L GTDI engine and 6-speed manual transmission. Also included are four 2017 Ford Focus vehicles that had clutch replacements with potentially affected parts. The clutch may fracture, resulting in damage to the transmission assembly and possibly a transmission fluid leak.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will update the Focus vehicles with software that detects and prevents prolonged clutch slip, and will replace the clutch, as necessary, free of charge. Owners of Fusion vehicles will have their clutch assembly replaced free of charge. The recall began August 3, 2018. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 18S07.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V169000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 5361
LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES:HATCHBACK/LIFTGATE:LOCK
Sep 28 2016
With only a single press needed, the driver may accidently unlatch the hatchback, increasing the risk of injury to any unsecured passengers in the back.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2013-2017 Ford Focus hatchback vehicles manufactured February 14, 2012, to August 26, 2016 and equipped with a manual transmission. The hatchback of the affected vehicles may be unlatched with a single press of the interior latch release button. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 206, "Door Locks and Door Retention Components."
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the Body Control Module with updated software, free of charge. The recall began February 10, 2017. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 16C13.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V698000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 64038
LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES:DOORS:LATCH
Sep 06 2016
A door that is not securely latched could open while the vehicle is in motion, increasing the risk of injury to a vehicle occupant.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2012-2015 Ford Focus, 2013-2015 Ford Escape and Ford C-MAX, 2015 Lincoln MKC and Ford Mustang, and 2014-2016 Ford Transit Connect vehicles. A component within the door latches may break, preventing the doors from latching and/or leading the driver or a passenger to believe a door is securely closed when, in fact, it is not.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the door latches with an improved part, free of charge. The recall began on January 27, 2017. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 16S30.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V643000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2046297
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:IGNITION
Jul 08 2015
If the engine does not turn off as expected, someone could move the transmission shifter out of park and the vehicle may move unintentionally, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2015 Ford Escape vehicles manufactured April 1, 2014, to June 12, 2015, Ford Focus vehicles manufactured June 17, 2014, to June 12, 2015, and Ford C-Max vehicles manufactured April 22, 2014, to June 12, 2015. In the affected vehicles, the engine may continue to run after the key or the START/STOP engine button is turned to off. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 114, "Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention."
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will update the body control module software, free of charge. The recall began on July 27, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 15C06.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V436000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 374781
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