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:


    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA02014

    Component(s): Electrical System

    Summary: There is no summary currently available


    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 Preliminary Evaluation #PE02044

    • Status:
    • 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 Engineering Analysis #EA02023

    • Status:
    • 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.

  5. INVESTIGATION: Fleet Vehicle Recall Completion Audit

    NHTSA Defect Investigation #AQ10001

    • Status:
    • Date Opened: November 18, 2010
    • Date Closed: December 28, 2015
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Unknown Or Other

    Summary: On November 18, 2010, NHTSA's Recall Management Division (RMD) opened an audit query (AQ10-001) to investigate recall remedy completion by rental car companies on safety recall campaigns.It was expected to provide the agency an indication of how completely and how quickly rental car fleets perform necessary recall-related remedies on the vehicles owned and then rented/leased for use on the roadways.RMD queried three (3) major motor vehicle manufacturers (Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors) and requested data regarding completion figures for fifteen (15) discreet safety recalls.Analysis of this data demonstrated that rental car recalls completion was neither complete nor consistent.The rental car companies representing the largest market share in the industry were then queried as to their respective policies for the rental, lease, and sale of vehicles with open recalls.The data and responses from the manufacturers and the rental car companies can be found in the document repository by accessing the ""Associated Documents" link above.In December 2015, Congress enacted the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.One section of the Act prohibits rental car companies from renting, leasing, or selling motor vehicles subject to open safety recalls.With the passage of the FAST Act and its prohibition, there is no continuing need for the agency to investigate rental car recall completions.Accordingly, this investigation is closed.The agency reserves the right to open any future investigations, including audits of individual recalls, or groups of recalls, or rental car companies, to examine more closely safety recalls performance and completion issues in this area.

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