Safety fears trigger Ford Focus recall in Australia

Ford Australia has written to more than 42,000 car owners to warn them of a fault that could lead to a fire.

The Daily Mercury reported the safety recall issued stated certain Ford Focus models between 12 April 2011 and 29 September 2015 could have blocked carbon canisters.

“This could cause the fuel tank to reach vacuum levels that exceed design limits,” the product recall stated.

“If this condition is not corrected, the fuel tank may crack, resulting in a fuel leak.

“A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source can lead to a fire.”

RACQ’s Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said the recall should not be ignored.

“Anyone who received a safety recall should take the warning seriously and call their local Ford dealership to get their car booked in for repairs,” Mr Spalding said.

“We’re pleased the manufacturer has taken a proactive approach in issuing the recall, as it gives owners the chance to get the problem fixed before it becomes a safety risk.

“Any Focus owner who’s concerned about their vehicle can see the full list of vehicle numbers affected on the Government’s Product Safety website.”

Owners could get more information if they called any authorised Ford dealer or the Ford Customer Relationship Centre on 1800 503 672.