October 25, 2018 8:26 am
Updated: October 25, 2018 10:03 am

Ford recalls more than 100K Focuses in Canada due to problem with engines

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2015, file photo, Ford vehicles sit on the lot at a car dealership, in Brandon, Fla.

(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File

Ford is recalling nearly more than 136,000 Focus compact cars in Canada because a fuel system problem can cause the engines to stall without warning.

The recall covers cars from the 2012 through 2018 model years with two-litre four-cylinder engines. There are also around 1.2 million cars recalled from the U.S. as well.

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Ford says a valve in the fuel system can stick in the open position, causing too much vacuum, and an engine control computer may not detect the problem. Excessive vacuum can cause the gas tank to deform, as well as other problems.

The recall came after the government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration presented owner complaints to Ford.

Dealers will reprogram the computer and replace the fuel system valve if needed. They’ll also inspect a carbon canister and the gas tank and replace them if needed.

Ford says owners should keep the gas tank at least half full until repairs are made.

The company says it’s not aware of any crashes or injuries caused by the problem.

The recall is expected to begin on Dec. 10.

© 2018 The Canadian Press

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