On Monday, Ford Motor Company issued a recall on 140,310 of their Ford Focus cars. The recall is for the 2012 model year of vehicles created in the United States.
The specific group of cars demonstrates a potential problem with the windshield wiper motor located on the passenger-side of the vehicle. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration filed a document recently that states one of the seal plugs located on the wiper motor electrical connector is missing from several cars. Cars without this plug are exposing the motor's electrical connections to water leakage which can cause serious problems.
There are no known accidents as a result of this problem and there have been no reports of injuries, however Ford plans to issue a notification the owners during the week of May 21, 2012 if their vehicle may be one that lacks the seal plug. If Ford Focus owners receive the notification, they can take the car to Ford for examination as well as a cleaning on the wiper motor connector and sealing, if needed.
In addition to the recall by Ford Motor Company, Chrysler has also issued a recall on 1,689 Jeep Patriots and Compass SUVs with the 2012 model year. The NHTSA reports that some of these vehicles may have been built to contain a fuel tank assembly with a damaged rollover value. This issue has the potential to cause an increased risk of fire if the vehicle is in an accident or rolls over. This recall will begin in June 2012. No injuries or accidents have been reported.