Ford Motor Co. is recalling approximately 23,800 cars with push-button starts because the vehicles do not make a sound when the driver’s door is open — an alert a vehicle is required to make by federal regulation.
Ford will modify software on the 23,831 Focus Electric and C-Max vehicles so that the vehicles will make an “audible door chime” if the driver’s door is open while the push-button start is engaged.
The sound regulation was intended to prevent drivers with push-button starts from leaving their key fobs — which must be in the vehicle for the push-button start to work — inside the vehicle accidentally. Without the sound, drivers may be more likely to leave the vehicle on, with the key fob in the car, increasing the likelihood of the vehicle being stolen.
Approximately 22,900 of the vehicles are located in the U.S.; another 900 or so are in Canada.
The model year 2012 and 2013 Focus EVs and 2013 C-Max hybrid and plug-in vehicles were manufactured at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne.