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Ford to fix car ignitions in its largest China recall

Ford Motor Co. offered to fix 236,643 Focus cars in China because of ignition problems, the automaker's largest recall in the country.

The vehicles were produced by a venture among Ford,  Mazda Motor Corp. and Chongqing Changan Automobile Co., according to a statement on China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine's website.

The cars were made between Aug. 18, 2008 and May 28, 2010. The company is recalling the vehicles after about 2 percent of drivers experienced stalling, usually after traveling at low speeds, said Whitney Small, Ford's Bangkok-based spokeswoman. Ford will install new engine calibration software in the cars to correct the problem, Small said.

The three-way tie-up, called Changan Ford Mazda Automobile Co., is 50 percent owned by Changan Auto and 35 percent owned by Ford. Mazda owns the remaining 15 percent stake.

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