- Ford is recalling 616 2014 Ford Focus and C-Max vehicles in North America for a potential problem with the steering gear assembly.
- Ford ordered its dealers to stop delivering, demonstrating and driving the cars until they are fixed.
- "We are not aware of any vehicles that have been delivered to customers," wrote Kelli Felker, a Ford spokesman.
Ford ordered its dealers to stop delivering, demonstrating and driving the cars until they are fixed.
"We are not aware of any vehicles that have been delivered to customers," wrote Kelli Felker, a Ford spokesman.
As of August 21, 2014, 32 of the vehicles were delivered to dealerships, Ford said in a statement. The remainder are in transit to dealerships.
"Ford contacted the dealers that currently have one of the affected vehicles," Ford said. "No accidents or injuries are attributed to this condition."
In some of the affected Focus and C-Max vehicles, the steering gear assembly may have been built without the required number of ball bearings. This condition could "lead to impaired steering, including the loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash," Ford said.
The affected vehicles were built at the Michigan Assembly Plant from August 8, 2014 to August 15, 2014.
Ford dealers will replace the steering gear. The recall is expected to begin the week of September 8. Concerned customers can call 1-800-392-3673.
No information about the recall has been posted on the Web site of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicles safety in the U.S.
Edmunds says: Ford says it is confident that none of these cars made it into the hands of consumers at this point. It is telling dealers that if the vehicles must be moved prior to repair, they should not be driven over 5 mph.