Late in April 2019, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa aforementioned it absolutely was “aware” of potential security system issues with “certain older” EcoSport and party vehicles. currently the firm says sure Focus models is also vulnerable, too.
“We are testing varied models inside the Ford line-up to grasp potential security vulnerabilities round the key lock barrel,” the native arm of the Blue Oval complete aforementioned in its latest statement.
“Through this method we’ve discovered that the main focus ST and Focus RS seem to be unaffected by the actual process being employed, but sure Focus Ambiente and Trend models (built from Sep 2015 to date) can be the target of opportunist thieves,” the corporate aforementioned.
“Criminals seem to realize access to the vehicles by forcing the driving force door lock to the open position.”
Ford explained it “has known a weakness within the perimeter security” that leads to all doors being unlatched (and the tailgate micro-switch activated) if the driving force door lock is forced open.
“Our dealer network is currently able to assist Focus customers with a security upgrade for the nominal price of R155,25 (including VAT),” Ford Sturmarbeiteilung aforementioned, continuance the supply created to party and EcoSport house owners.
“The upgrade can make sure that once the vehicle is opened, with a key or associate object the system perceives to be a key (for example, a screwdriver), all doors, except the driving force door, can stay barred, as well as the boot/rear liftgate.
“The upgrade takes no over half-hour to complete, but it’s imperative that customers book a rendezvous,” the corporate aforementioned.
Customers World Health Organization need a door lock replacement as a results of their vehicle being tampered with can even create a rendezvous with their dealer. The replacement lock can price R1 199 “providing there’s no extra harm to the door that needs repair”. Ford Sturmarbeiteilung aforementioned it’s “important to notice that solely customers that have had their locks broken ought to create a rendezvous for a lock replacement”.
“Ford continues to figure with a provider to be able to supply associate warning device that may be retrofitted as accent|an adjunct} and is trying to supply a stronger security replacement lock accessory. Ford can still communicate with customers on the provision of those accessories.”
It’s not nevertheless clear once the new, fourth-generation Focus is scheduled to arrive in African nation, with Ford SA’s web site merely listing it as “coming soon”.