Ford is recalling over 140,000 Focus vehicles from the 2012 model year. The recall stems from a problem that could affect the functionality of one of the car's windshield wipers.
According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the flaw in the Focus has been traced to the harness connector that holds the electrical wires powering the passenger's side windshield wiper. A seal in that connector may be missing, and over time, water, debris, and other gunk could accumulate inside.
If that happens, the motor may operate intermittently or not at all, which means that the passenger's side wiper might not work reliably, which, in turn, could cause serious visibility problems during inclement weather. And that's a recipe for an accident.
Ford expects to send out notices of the recall around May 21. At that time, owners will be able to take their vehicles to a Ford dealer, who will inspect, clean, and seal the wiring harness connector. Any damaged or inoperative wiper motors will be replaced. All of these inspections and repairs will be carried out free of charge, of course.
If you have questions in the meantime, we encourage you to contact Ford at 866-436-7332 and ask about recall #12S29. Alternately, you can ring NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and inquire about campaign #12V149000.
Just as a reminder: the revamped 2012 Ford Focus was named The Car Connection's 2012 Best Car To Buy -- a title it still holds. Just goes to show that even the best cars aren't above having a few flaws.