The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported a safety recall of 140,310 Ford Focus vehicles of the model year 2012.
The passenger side wiper motor has a wiring harness connector that may be missing a seal. Without the seal, this would allow water and other debris to accumulate, resulting in a possible wiper malfunction. The motor of the wiper blade on the passenger side might then only operate at certain intervals, or else it could stop working entirely. With the windshield wiper blade not working properly, visibility on the passenger side would be greatly reduced in the event of inclement weather, which would make a crash a possibility.
Consumers will be contacted by Ford starting around May 21. At that point, owners can bring the vehicles into a dealership to receive a repair. Local dealers will inspect, clean and seal any deficient wiper motor connectors, and if the motor is inoperative, it will be replaced. All of this will be done at no cost to the consumer.
As a personal injury lawyer in San Jose, it saddens me to see any product recall, but one that involves hundreds of thousands of units is especially worrisome. As a San Jose car accident lawyer, I know how important it is that visibility isn’t compromised, and I hope that affected consumers get their vehicles fixed before tragedy strikes.