Ford recalls 440K vehicles for fire risk, door latch trouble

The first recall covers over 230,000 Escape SUVs Fiesta ST subcompacts Fusion midsize cars and Transit Connect vans with 1.6-Liter turbocharged engines from 2013 through 2015
Ford recalls 440K vehicles for fire risk, door latch trouble
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30 March, 2017

The combined recalls will cost Ford roughly $295 million in first quarter pre-tax dollars, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

About 208,584 of the affected vehicles are in the US and federalized territories, 21,854 are in Canada and 318 are in Mexico. Overheating can lead to cracked cylinder heads that leaks oil and create the possibility of an under-hood fire.

Ford Motor Co., the second largest US automaker, on Wednesday announced two new recalls affecting 440,000 vehicles and expects to spend about $295 million to fix the issues. The company said it is aware of at least 29 reported engine fires in the US and Canada. The company advised customers to seek a dealer if their vehicle leaks coolant.

In Europe, the recall includes the 2010 through 2015 C-Max hybrid and Focus small vehicle, as well as the 2013 through 2015 Transit Connect van.

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Ford says that customers can still drive their vehicles, though the company is mailing each customer instructions from the owner's manual on how to check and refill coolant. "When service kits are available, dealers will install a coolant level sensor with supporting hardware and software at no charge to the customer", the automaker said in a statement.

Auto industry giant Ford has issued safety recalls for almost half a million vehicles. It's adding another 211,000 vehicles to the mix, including the 2014 Fiesta, 2013-2014 Fusion and the 2013-2014 Lincoln MKZ. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in 2015 it had 1,102 reports related to the problem and Ford said it had 10,883 warranty claims related to door latch failures. That recall included the 2012-2015 Ford Focus and the 2013-2015 Ford Escape and C-Max.

Finally, Ford is recalling 111 2017 model year Edges for missing windshield header welds. Ford will replace all four door latches on every affected vehicle with a stronger version, which should prevent any spring tab breakage in the future.

Previous year door latch recalls cost the company $640 million. Ford said it not aware of any crashes or injuries associated with this issue.


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