Tuesday, 16 Oct 2018

Focus, C-Max, Galaxy: Fire hazard: Ford calls in Germany nearly 190,000 cars back

The carmaker Ford has to recall almost 190,000 vehicles because of problems with the clutch in Germany. It is unclear whether a software update is sufficient or the coupling must be replaced.

In a number of cars, a part of the clutch system – the so-called clutch pressure plate – break, said a spokesman on Friday. This leads to a reduced driving speed and to odors. The recall also affects vehicles in other European countries. How many have to go to the workshop was not known at first. Previously, the magazine “kfz-betrieb” reported about it. “In extreme cases, fragments of the clutch cover and transmission housing could also be thrown out and hit components in the engine compartment, which could cause smoke and fire in the engine compartment,” the magazine says.

Various models affected

According to the spokesman, the focus is on the Focus, C-Max, S-Max, Galaxy and Transit Connect ranges. The problem exists in cars with 1.0-, 1.5- or 1.6-liter Ecoboost petrol engines and 6-speed manual transmission. Depending on the condition and type of coupling, the problem can sometimes be solved by a software update. It could also be that the entire clutch must be replaced.

It was not until the middle of the week that Ford had to recall 550,000 cars in the United States because of problems with the automatic transmission. He has now in Europe However, there was nothing to do, the spokesman said.

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