Ford Recalls 140,000 Focus Models Over Wiper Issue

April 9, 2012 Updated: July 30, 2012

Ford is issuing a recall on around 140,000 2012 Ford Focus vehicles in the U.S. due to possible problems with the windshield wipers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

In a statement, the company said that “the passenger side windshield wiper may become inoperable” and then issued the recall.

The company said it would send notification letters to owners of the compact car starting next month. 

No accidents or injuries have been reported due to the problematic wipers, the company said.

The affected cars could potentially have a missing wiring harness connector for the wiper motor, which could lead to water or other debris getting into the wiper’s connector, which would make it inoperable, the NHTSA said.

The affected vehicles were made between Aug. 1, 2010, and Oct. 18, 2011. Owners can call Ford at 1-866-436-7332 or the NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236.

The Ford statement said 168,000 vehicles could be recalled, more than were mentioned in the NHTSA announcement. It was unclear if any are in other countries.