By Associated Press
DETROIT — Ford is recalling 279,646 of its 2000 and 2001 model year Focus compact cars because of a problem that could cause the rear wheels to wobble, the automaker said.
The problem stems from corrosion caused by road salt used to melt snow and ice in the winter, Ford spokesman Mike Vaughn said Tuesday. “It’s not a safety issue. This is a high-corrosion issue,” Vaughn said.
The recall covers cars sold in or currently registered in 21 northern U.S. states and six Canadian provinces where salt is used on roads.
Cars affected were built between July 1999 and June 19, 2001, Vaughn said.
Road salt could corrode rear-wheel bearings causing them to wear prematurely and create “noticeable noise,” Vaughn said.
No accidents or injuries have been reported as a result of such damage, he said. Notices will be sent to all affected customers early next month, Vaughn said. The Focus has been hit by a string of quality glitches during the past two years. The 2000 model alone had undergone seven safety recalls since it was introduced in mid-1999. Yet the model still has managed to lure a younger audience than Ford’s previous compact, the Escort.[HR][/HR]
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