US safety regulators are investigating Ford Focus Electric stalling issue

Release Date: Available in initial markets, full rollout in 2013
MSRP: $39,995 US
Battery Pack Size: 23 kWh
Electric Range: 76 miles (EPA rated)
MPGe: 105 MPGe
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A preliminary evaluation for the 2012 and 2013 Ford Focus Electric vehicles was opened after the NHTSA received 11 reports from different drivers saying their vehicles shut down while driving. Over 1200 Ford Focus Electrics have been sold in the 2013 calendar year, with another 800 or so in the 2012 calendar year, all of which are included in the investigation.

About half of the reports said the incident occurred at speeds above 30 miles per hour, and all of them were received within the last 5 years. No accidents or injuries were reported.

A Ford spokesperson did say the U.S. automaker is cooperating with the probe and answering any questions the NHTSA may have.

A preliminary evaluation like this is the first step in determining if this is a safety issue that would warrant a full recall by the manufacturer.

3 Comments on "US safety regulators are investigating Ford Focus Electric stalling issue"

  1. Of course all the reports happened in the last 5 years. The Focus Electric has only been available for about a year.

  2. John D. Simpson | October 21, 2013 at 7:46 pm |

    I once turned off my FFE while stopped at a traffic light thinking I was turning off the radio. It took me a couple seconds to realize what I did.

    • Funny, but could happen to anyone! I’m hoping that most of the Focus Electric stalling issues being reported aren’t due to the same circumstances!

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