Ford Recalls 441000 Vehicles Over Fire Risk, Door Latch Issues

Posted March 30, 2017

Ford Motor Co. said it will take a $295 million hit to its first-quarter earnings from two recalls in North America, one involving engines that could catch fire and the other involving a persistent door latch problem.

The first recall involves 210,000 vehicles in the USA because the engines could pose the risk of an under-hood fire.

Ford is recalling 230,000 Escape SUVs, Fiesta ST subcompacts, Fusion midsize cars and Transit Connect vans with 1.6-Liter turbocharged engines from 2013 through 2015.

Company officials are identifying a "lack of coolant circulation" as the culprit with those models.

The engines can overheat, causing a crack in the cylinder head, according to Ford. So far, Ford has 29 reports of fires in these vehicles.

Customers can continue to drive the vehicles, but should see their dealer if their vehicle exhibits a coolant leak, overheating or frequently needs coolant added.

The faulty door latch recall covers the 2014 Fiesta, the 2013 and 2014 Fusion and the Lincoln MKZ.

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In the latest recall a pawl in the door latch can break, either stopping the doors from closing or causing them to open while the cars are being driven. This may reduce the vehicle's structural integrity in a side-impact collision, Ford said. To fix the issue, dealers will install service kits which include a coolant level sensor with supporting hardware and software.

Finally, Ford is recalling 111 2017 model year Edges for missing windshield header welds.

Driving a auto that is on fire or that has doors popping open is impressive, but not recommended.

Ford is issuing a safety compliance recall for approximately 548 2017 Ford F-450 and F-550 vehicles to replace the driveshaft. Continued operation of a vehicle at these speeds could result in a resonance frequency that may fracture transmission and/or driveline components, Ford said.

If this occurs, Ford says it can increase the risk of injury to drivers or passengers.

2014 Fiesta built at the Cuautitlan Assembly Plant between June 1 and October 31, 2013.