Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) is recalling 140,310 2012 Focus cars over potentially faulty windshield wipers, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration announced Monday.

A seal in the wiring harness connector to the passenger side wiper motor may be missing, the NHTSA letter, dated April 6, said. Consequently, water may collect in the connector, causing the passenger side windshield wiper motor to function either sporadically or not at all. Nonfunctioning windshield wipers can lead to decreased visibility and an increased risk of crash.

The Dearborn, Mich.-based company will contact owners of the affected vehicles produced through Oct. 18, and Ford dealerships will install a modified seal plug to the cars, free of charge. The program is expected to begin on May 21. The repair will take about 30 minutes.

For more information, contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.