TO: All U.S. Ford and Lincoln Mercury Dealers
SUBJECT: Safety Recall 05S27: Supplement #2
Certain 2000 - 2005 Model Year Focus 4-Door, 4-Door Wagon, and 5-Door Vehicles Originally Sold In, Or Currently Registered In Corrosion States
Rear Door Latch Corrosion
REASON FOR THIS SUPPLEMENT
This bulletin is being re-issued with the following revisions:
The population of affected vehicles is being expanded to include certain 2003 through 2005 MY vehicles.
Some of the affected 2005 vehicles had the lower rear door seal installed during production. This safety recall still needs to be performed but it is not necessary to install a new lower door seal if one was installed in production.
All 2000 - 2002 model year Focus 4-Door, 4-Door Wagon, and 5-Door vehicles built at Wayne Assembly Plant and originally sold in, or currently registered in corrosion states.
All 2002 model year Focus 4-Door, 4-Door Wagon, and 5-Door vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant and originally sold in, or currently registered in corrosion states.
All 2003 - 2004 and certain 2005 built through January 26, 2005, Focus 4-Door, 4-Door Wagon, and 5-Door vehicles built at Hermosillo and Wayne assembly plants and originally sold in, or currently registered in corrosion States.
The affected vehicles were originally sold in, or currently registered in, the following states and Canadian Provinces:
US States: Connecticut
District of Columbia
Canadian Provinces: New Brunswick
Prince Edward Island
Affected vehicles are identified in OASIS. In addition, for a list of vehicles assigned to your dealership, visit https://web.fsavinlists.dealerconnection.com.
This information will be available on November 9, 2005.
REASON FOR THIS SAFETY RECALL
All rear door latches on 2000-2004 and some rear door latches on 2005 model year 4-door, 4-door wagon, and 5-door Ford Focus vehicles in recognized high corrosion areas of North America may experience corrosion in the pawl pivot area preventing proper engagement of the pawl into the catch. The customer may experience difficulty closing the rear door that may eventually progress to a point where the rear door may not latch properly. If not latched properly, the door may open while driving.
At no charge to the vehicle owner, dealers are to inspect, clean, and lubricate the rear door latches, install a lower rear door seal and informational label to the rear doors on all the affected vehicles. As a courtesy maintenance, dealers will also clean and lubricate the front door latches even though the front door latches are not part of this recall.
Note: Some 2005 MY vehicles were built with the door seal. Do not remove the existing door seal but do complete the rest of the service procedure.
If a rear door latch does not pass the prescribed inspection procedure as outlined in Attachment III, it will be replaced. A replacement latch must still have the cleaning and lubrication procedure performed using the approved Door Latch Repair Kit.
This recall must be performed on all of the affected vehicles in your new inventory as well as vehicles that have been delivered to customers.
Federal law requires dealers to complete any outstanding safety recall service before a new vehicle is delivered to the buyer or lessee. Violation of this requirement by a dealer could result in a civil penalty of up to $5,000 per vehicle. Correct all vehicles in your new vehicle inventory before delivery