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

Posted March 30, 2017

The problem with Ford vehicles' engines that could cause fires include 360,000 cars in North America and Europe, including the Escape SUVs from the 2014 model year, as well as the 2014 and 2015 compact Fiesta ST, the 2013 and 2014 Fusion midsize auto, as well as the 2013 through 2015 Transit Connect small van.

The company is alerting 230,000 owners of four 2013 through 2015 models, including Fusion mid-size cars, Escape SUVs, Fiesta ST subcompacts and Transit Connect vans with 1.6-Liter turbocharged engines.

In addition, the company is also issuing recall notices in North American over a door latch issue on 2014 Fiestas, 2013-2014 Fusions and 2013-2014 Lincoln MKZ's. The recall number is 17809.

There are 210,619 vehicles affected in this expanded recall in North America, including 191,432 in the United States and federalized territories, 10,996 in Canada and 8,191 in Mexico.

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In the affected vehicles, the pawl spring tab in the side door latch can break, causing the door not to close securely, and possibly open during driving.

Such a scenario increases the risk of crashes and injuries, Ford said. Continued operation of a vehicle at these speeds could result in a resonance frequency that may fracture transmission and/or driveline components. The result would be a sudden stall or an unintended movement of the truck when the transmission is in park but the parking brake is not applied.

No injuries have been reported in connection with the coolant issue.

There are approximately 548 vehicles located in North America, including 509 in the United States and 39 in Canada.

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The vehicles in question might be missing some sheet metal welds in the windshield header. The Ford reference number for this recall is 17S08.

Dealers will replace the two-piece drive shaft with a three-piece version along with two center-bearing brackets. This is the fifth such recall, involving some 400,000 Escape vehicles in the United States, since the compact SUV made its debut for 2013.

Ford has also issued a recall for 111 2017 Ford Edge cars to fix windshield header welds.

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