2012-'13 Ford Focus Electric Probed by Feds for Electric Powertrain Propulsion Failure


  • 2013 Ford Focus Electric Picture

    2013 Ford Focus Electric Picture

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into an estimated 1,000 2012-'13 Ford Focus Electric vehicles because the electric drivetrain may fail, resulting in vehicle stall. | September 10, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into an estimated 1,000 2012-'13 Ford Focus Electric vehicles because the electric drivetrain may fail, resulting in vehicle stall.
  • NHTSA said it has received 12 complaints from consumers alleging incidents of vehicle stall while driving in the Focus Electric.
  • Federal safety regulators said 50 percent of the incidents occurred at speeds of 30 mph or more.

WASHINGTON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into an estimated 1,000 2012-'13 Ford Focus Electric vehicles because the electric drivetrain may fail, resulting in vehicle stall.

NHTSA said it has received 12 complaints from consumers alleging incidents of vehicle stall while driving in the Focus Electric.

"Eleven complaints alleged the vehicle shut down while driving," said NHTSA in its summary of the investigation. "Fifty percent of incidents occurred at speeds of 30 mph or more. The complaints show an apparent increasing trend, with all received within the past five months. None of the complaints alleged that the incident resulted in a crash or injury."

Federal safety regulators have opened a preliminary evaluation into the matter. Such an action sometimes precedes a vehicle recall.

"We will be cooperating fully with NHTSA on this investigation," wrote Kelli Felker, a Ford spokeswoman, in response to an Edmunds query on Tuesday.

Edmunds says: The 2012-'13 Ford Focus Electric has not been recalled at this point. If you are experiencing a problem with your car, it's best to check in with your dealer. But there is no other action required on the part of consumers at this point.

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