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Friday, July 16, 1999 Published at 09:27 GMT 10:27 UK

Business: The Company File

Ford recalls Focus cars

The Ford Focus was voted European Car of the Year

Carmaker Ford is recalling its top-selling Focus model because of an electrical problem.

At least 60,000 UK customers and up to 200,000 across Europe are thought to be affected.

The problem concerns a flaw in the alternator which could cause the dashboard warning lights to malfunction.

Ford insists there is no safety issue, and that the recall is purely a precautionary measure.

Alternator cap needs replacing

Owners are being asked to return their cars to their nearest dealer, where the alternator cap will be replaced free. It should take less than an hour.

The fault affects only models made between September 1998 and March this year. It has been eliminated in cars built since then.

The Focus is produced at plants in Germany and Spain. It costs between £13,000 and £15,000, and was voted European Car of the Year.

In May, it was the UK's best-selling car with 8,662 vehicles sold - about 15% more than its nearest rival.

News of the recall comes as Ford has responded to falling demand for its cars by extending short-time working at its Dagenham plant.

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