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November 4, 2002

Ford Motor Has Recalled the 2000 and 2001 Ford Focus

(SafetyAlerts) -  Ford Motor Co. is reported to have recalled the Ford Focus for 2000 and 2001 model years.

Number Potentially Involved: 219,854

Dates of Manufacture: July 1999 - May 2001

Defect: On certain passenger vehicles equipped with Zetec engines, loose or broken attachments and misrouted battery cables could lead to cable insulation damage. This, in turn, could cause the battery cables to short, resulting in heat damage to the cables. Besides heat damage, the ?check engine? light may illuminate, the vehicle may fail to start, and smoke, melting, or fire could also occur.

Remedy: Dealers will inspect the battery cables for the condition of the cable insulation and proper tightening of the terminal ends. As necessary, cables will be rerouted, retaining clips installed, and damaged battery cables replaced. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification was to begin Jan. 20, 2003. Owners should contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.

[NHTSA Recall No. 02V288/Ford Recall No. 02S41].

Important Note Regarding Auto Recalls
Frequently SafetyAlerts will list auto recalls before
your dealer will know about them. If you have a vehicle
affected by one of these posted recalls be sure and
write down the NHTSA 
If your dealer doesn't know about the recall when you
check, ask them how they are notified of recalls and
when the next update is due.

Did you know?
During 2001 there were over
1575 products recalled in the United
States for safety reasons!

How many did you hear about?

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