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Ford Focus Electrics flashing ‘Stop Safely Now’ warning for some – AutoblogGreen

So far in 2013, Ford has sold roughly 600-700 Focus Electric vehicles, which can help put the fact that we have just four officially reported problems with something called the “Stop Safely Now” light into perspective.

We were re-alerted to the issue by reader and EV fan Richard S., who described the problem this way. After putting around 1,100 miles on his new car, he got his first “Stop Safely Now” warning. He writes:

During rush hour, with both of my kids in the car, I came to a stop as the frontmost vehicle at a stoplight at a busy intersection. When the light turned green, I pressed down on the accelerator and nothing happened. I though what the…? Next thing I know, in addition to the other cars honking, a warning chime went off, a yellow wrench lit up on my dash alternating with a warning which said, “stop safely now.” This wasn’t much of an option as the car was in drive, I had no way to move it to park, and pressing the on/off did nothing. … I sat there trying everything I could think of for several lights, really afraid we would be rear ended. Eventually hitting and holding the on/off button made the power cycle and power was restored, and I was able to drive.

His Ford dealer was unable to find an abnormal diagnostic code that had been logged, and Richard claims he was told to come back if the light came back. He then called Ford customer support, but “they had no other suggestions on what to do.” Like many of us, he then turned to the Internet, where he discovered he’s not the only one to have experienced this issue.



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