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NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 2002 Ford Focus

The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is an office within the NHTSA which investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations for the 2002 Ford Focus, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. ENGINE COMPARTMENT FIRES NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA02014

    Component(s): Electrical System

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #EA02014 »

  2. ENGINE STALLING NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA02022

    Component(s): Fuel System, Gasoline:Delivery:Fuel Pump
    Fuel System, Other:Delivery:Fuel Pump
    Vehicle Speed Control:Linkages

    Summary: Clogging of the fuel delivery module (FDM) filters in the subject vehicles can lead to stalling and other related symptoms.these symptoms become increasingly obvious to the driver as the clogging gradually increases over extended periods of driving.stalling in these vehicles is most likely to occur when accelerating through a right hand turn such as merging into freeway traffic when the fuel level in the fuel tank is less than 1/4 full.more than 90% of the stalling complaints pertain to the "original" design FDM installed in MY 2000 and 2001 (partial year) Focus vehicles. Ford has decided to conduct a campaign (03V-482) to address stallingin these vehicles.the smaller number and rate of complaints associated with the "interim" and "current" FDM designs indicate improvement but also reflect a shorter time in service for these designs. Accordingly, ODI will monitor the stalling performance of MY 2001 - 2002 Focus vehicles equipped with "interim" and "current" design fdms.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #EA02022 »

  3. FRONT SUSPENSION LOWER CONTROL ARM NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE02044

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: May 01, 2002
    • Date Closed: September 09, 2002
    • Recall: no recall issued

    Component(s): Suspension

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #PE02044 »

  4. FRONT SUSP COLLAPSE/WHEEL SEPARATION NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA02023

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: September 09, 2002
    • Date Closed: February 19, 2003
    • Recall: no recall issued

    Component(s): Suspension:Front
    Suspension:Front:Control Arm
    Suspension:Front:Control Arm:Lower Arm
    Suspension:Front:Control Arm:Lower Ball Joint

    Summary: See attached report.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #EA02023 »

  5. Fleet Vehicle Recall Completion Audit NHTSA Defect Investigation #AQ10001

    • Status:
      OPEN
    • Date Opened: November 18, 2010
    • Date Closed: Pending
    • Recall: possible recall

    Component(s): Unknown Or Other

    Summary: The agency, particularly in recent months, has been informed of incidents involving allegations of personal injury and death claimed to have been caused by safety defects and failures to conform to minimum Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) on rental car vehicles for which a safety recall to remedy the safety defect or noncompliance had allegedly not been performed prior to the rental car company's lease of the vehicle.NHTSA understands that there is presently a petition before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) seeking to prohibit at least one rental car company from renting vehicles on which safety recall campaign remedies remain outstanding.The purpose of this audit query (AQ) is to investigate recall remedy completion by rental car companies on the above-listed safety recall campaigns.These campaigns were chosen due to their inclusion of vehicles used in the rental market.This information is expected to provide the agency an indication of how completely and how quickly rental car fleets, in general or individually, perform necessary recall-related repairs or other remedies on the vehicles owned and then leased for use on the roadways.This AQ is opened.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #AQ10001 »

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