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Ford Focus Recall 02V289000

Ford Recalls 2000-2001 Focus Models Due to Loose Control Arm Pinch Bolts

Recall Details

Ford has recalled certain 2000-2001 Focus vehicles because the lower control arm pinch bolts may be loose. In extreme cases, this can cause separation of the ball joint, which greatly increases the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the pinch bolts and torque them appropriately.

Suspension & Steering, February 10, 2003

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s)
Manufacturer's Report Date
February 10, 2003
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
446,569
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
02V289000
Component
STEERING:LINKAGES

Summary
CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES HAVE LOOSE PINCH BOLTS THAT SECURE THE LOWER CONTROL ARM TO THE STEERING KNUCKLE HAVE BEEN REPORTED.
Consequence
LOOSE PINCH BOLTS COULD EXHIBIT NOISE, VIBRATION AND, IN EXTREME CASES IF LEFT UNCORRECTED, SEPARATION OF THE JOINT OR FRACTURE OF THE BALL JOINT STUD, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE STEERING KNUCKLE PINCH BOLT FOR TIGHTNESS AND CORRECT AS NECESSARY. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN FEBRUARY 10, 2003. OWNERS WHO DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT FORD AT 1-866-436-7332.
Notes
ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
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