Published: Thu, March 30, 2017
Industry | By Faith Ward

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

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

The under-hood fire recall covers 230,000 2013-15 Ford Escape, Ford Fiesta ST, Ford Fusion and Ford Transit Connect vehicles equipped with 1.6-liter GTDI engines in North America.

Ford said it will mail customers instructions from the owner's manual on how to check and refill coolant.

Ford said a lack of coolant circulation could cause an engine to overheat, resulting in a crack in the cylinder head, which could result in a pressurized oil leak and raise the risk of a fire. Ford has 29 reports of fires, but no injuries.

Ford said the cost of the recalls were included in its updated earnings guidance issued last week.

Owners can keep driving the vehicles but should go to a dealer if the cars overheat or frequently need coolant.

Ford's is also adding 211,000 vehicles that will be recalled as part of a 2015 move, replacing faulty door latches.

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The company said the "pawl spring tab" inside the side door could break, causing the door to not close and increase the risk of the door opening while in motion. In September, Ford said it was taking a $640 million charge for its expanded side-door latch recalls. The Ford reference number for this recall is 17S09.

The Problem: Vehicles may experience a vibration in the driveline at speeds above 75 miles per hour; the vibration could fracture the transmission or driveline components, leading to a loss of power while driving or unintended vehicle movement while the pickup is in Park if the parking brake is not in use.

Ford has also issued a recall for 111 2017 Ford Edge cars to fix windshield header welds. It affects only 548 vehicles. The company says it's unaware of any crashes or injuries involving the vehicles added to the 2015 recall.

Dealers will replace the two-piece drive shaft with a three-piece version along with two center-bearing brackets.

There have not been any injuries or accidents as a result of the issue, the automaker stated.

Ford is issuing a safety compliance recall for approximately 111 2017 Ford Edge vehicles for missing windshield header welds.

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