Ford Australia has confirmed it will reach out to owners of the Focus RS hot hatch for an engine fault that could see vehicles expel white exhaust smoke and consume excessive amounts of coolant.

The issue was first reported last month, after owners in the UK complained their vehicles were misfiring and smoking from the exhaust when the engine was cold.

At the time, Ford's local arm only knew of one reported case in Australia, and asked owners experiencing the issue to contact their local dealer.

This week, the company's head office in Michigan, USA, issued a recall in the States to fix the fault, while a recall was issued in the UK last month when the issue was first reported.

Ford Australia is yet to issue an official notice, and hasn't specifically referred to its action as a recall. However, Martin Günsberg, communications boss for the local division, issued the following statement:

"Ford Australia will be reaching out to Focus RS customers shortly regarding the fix for this issue. In the meantime, customers experiencing white exhaust smoke and/or coolant consumption in 2016-17 Focus RS vehicles should visit their dealer for a free inspection and repair, if necessary, regardless of warranty or distance travelled.

"Ford dealers will test the cooling system, replace the cylinder head gasket and may replace the cylinder head, as required."

Around 1200 2016-17 Focus RS hatchbacks have been sold in Australia, though it's unclear how many of those units are affected.

If you are experiencing this issue with your Focus RS, call Ford Australia's customer care line on 13 3673 (13 FORD).