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.