Like most other vehicles, the Ford Fiesta was launched with the expectation that it would be a safe and reliable car. However, as with all vehicles, problems can arise, some of which make them risky to drive. When this happens, a reminder may be issued.
Are there any Ford Fiesta clutch recalls?
In September 2020, no. However, there are several customer complaints regarding the transmission.
Additional reminders to know:
- Improper plating on the fuel pump can cause it to stall
- The fuel tank may be leaking
- The engine cylinder head may leak oil
- Doors can be opened while driving
Here we will review each of the above Ford Fiesta recalls and discuss some concerns with the vehicle’s transmission and clutch.
Ford Fiesta clutch complaints
Customer complaints have been filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for problems with the vehicle’s clutch and transmission. These are listed on 2011–2016 Ford Fiesta models (as well as Ford Focus models).
In these vehicles, the Powershift Transmission features a six-speed dual-clutch automatic setup. Customers have noted many concerns, including gearbox slipping and harsh shifting. Some have also noticed hesitation when pressing the accelerator.
Chills were noted. In many of these cases, customers said their entire transmission needed to be replaced prematurely due to concerns.
Improper plating on the fuel pump can cause it to stall
NHTSA Callback ID: 15V005000
In January 2015, Ford issued a recall for 2014 and 2015 Ford Fiesta vehicles that were manufactured between April 10, 2014 and June 17, 2014.
In these vehicles, there is inadequate nickel plating on the interior components of the fuel pump. If it is present, it may cause the fuel pump to stop working.
In situations where this inappropriate material is present, it can cause a sudden fuel pump failure. This causes the vehicle to stall because the engine is not receiving the fuel it needs to function properly.
There is usually no warning. This leads to a higher risk of accidents.
Ford notified owners of the problem. They then instructed dealers to bring in the vehicles to replace the fuel pump. It started in February 2015.
The fuel tank may be leaking
NHTSA Callback ID: 14V402000
In this recall, the company recalled 2014 Ford Fiesta vehicles manufactured between October 15, 2013, and February 27, 2014. In these vehicles, a manufacturing error is present in the design of the fuel tank. This can cause fuel tank leaks.
The main problem is that if the fuel tank leaks, it becomes a fire hazard. It can also cause the car to run out of fuel, causing it to stall and increasing the risk of an accident.
Ford alerted drivers and then asked dealers to replace the fuel tank. This work began in July 2014.
The engine cylinder head may leak oil
NHTSA Callback ID: 17V209000
Ford has issued a recall for 2014 and 2015 Ford Fiesta ST vehicles with a 1.6L GTDI engine. This vehicle recall was issued in March 2017. In these vehicles, an engine cooling problem can cause problems while driving.
Specifically, if these cars are driven without the correct amount of coolant in the engine cooling system, they can cause damage. The engine cylinder head can overheat, leak oil, and crack.
In situations where this happens and the cylinder head cracks and leaks oil, it creates the risk of oil coming into contact with the exhaust components. It can also come into contact with the hot engine itself. This increases the risk of fire.
Ford alerted owners. They then installed a coolant level sensor into the system. They also updated software and hardware. This helps minimize the risk of running out of coolant.
Doors can be opened while driving
NHTSA Callback ID: 20V331000
Ford has recalled 2011-2014 Fiesta vehicles for an issue with the door latches and connections. This recall, issued in June 2020, relates to previous recalls (15V-246, 16V-643, and 17V-210).
Repairs have been made to the cars in these vehicles but they have not been done correctly. The problem involves a component inside the door latches that can break. This makes it difficult to close the doors properly.
Over time, when this happens, the driver or passenger may assume that the car door is securely closed when it is not. This means that once the car is moving, the door can be opened. This increases the risk of injury.
Ford alerted owners and had dealers perform repairs, replacing the side door latches as necessary. Dealers inspected vehicles for a lock date code to confirm whether a repair was needed. These repairs began in July 2020.
How to Handle an Open Recall on Ford Fiesta
Although there are no Ford Fiesta clutch recalls at this time, that could change. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) can help you stay up-to-date on these.
Visit the website. Enter your VIN into the system. This produces a list of all recalls related to the vehicle. This includes any recalls still pending and requiring repairs.
If you do not have a VIN, enter the make, model, and year of the vehicle. This can be helpful if you are considering purchasing a used vehicle and want to stay up-to-date on recalls.
If there is a recall, contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673 for more information. Ford can also tell you how to schedule repairs.