The models affected by the recall are Focus TDCi, built in South Africa and fitted with the DW10 diesel engine. All the cars to be recalled are manufactured between March 28, 2007 and August 17, 2009.
According to the carmaker, some of the respective Focus models have been found in some markets to have the exhaust heat shield missing due to a production problem. In Australia, the carmaker had no complaints about this problem, but it said it will recall the 2,891 vehicles just to be safe.
Ford will notify owners in writing, advising them to take the car to a dealership and have it looked at. Further information can be found at Ford's customer relationship centre on 1800 503 672.
Last week, Ford announced a bigger recall, involving 5000 sets of Ford Territory accessory floor mats sold in the last year. According to GoAuto, at least two customers have reported problems with the mats. In one case, the floor mat problem turned into a low-speed crash, as the Territory ended up crashing at about 10km/h into a barrier. The other driver managed to stop the vehicle before a crash could occur.
Additional details on the recall and fix can be obtained by calling the aforementioned customer relationship centre.