2012 Ford Focus

Ford is recalling more than 140,300 Focus sedans and hatchbacks from the 2012 model year for a faulty windshield wiper system. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the passenger-side windshield wiper may be missing a seal, which could allow water to leak into the wiper’s electrical system.

If water gets into the windshield wiper’s electrical system, the motor could stop working. That could pose a danger to drivers who find themselves in the middle of a rain storm or other weather where they would need to use the wipers. “If the seal is AWOL, water can build up in the connector, which could over time render the passenger-side wiper useless,” writes Autoblog. “And if that happens, visibility could of course be altered, resulting in a higher probability of a crash.”

About 140,310 Focus vehicles are potentially affected and were manufactured from Aug. 1, 2010 through Oct. 18, 2011. You can check to see when your 2012 Ford Focus was built by checking the sticker on the driver’s side door jamb. If your Focus is part of the recall, Ford will notify you beginning on May 21. Owners of recalled Focus models can take their cars to any Ford dealer, who will inspect and fix the windshield wiper for free, if necessary. To learn more about the recall, you can call Ford at 1-866-436-7332 or contact NHTSA’s traffic safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236.

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