Ford and Chrysler Want Their Cars Back
Ford Motor Co. (NYSE:F) is recalling 140,310 Focus cars from model year 2012 in the United States. The recall is to repair a potential problem with the passenger-side windshield wiper motor, according to U.S. safety regulators.
Documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show a seal plug in the wiper motor electrical connector to be missing, causing water to get into the motor’s electrical connection. The malfunction could result in an inoperative wiper on the passenger side, which would reduce visibility and increase the risk of a crash.
Ford said no accidents or injuries have been reported as a result of the missing seal plug as of yet. Owners will be notified the week of May 21, and the wiper motor connector will be sealed and cleaned, the NHTSA said.
Ford isn’t the only automaker recalling cars. Chrysler is recalling 1,689 2012 model Jeep Patriots and Compass sport utility vehicles that have been built with a fuel tank assembly containing a damaged rollover valve. Fuel could leak and increase the risk of a fire in the case of an accident or rollover, according to NHTSA.
Chrysler said it is not aware of any accidents, leaks, fires, or injuries related to the fuel tank assembly, but the recall is expected to begin in June.