Ford (F) is recalling 440,000 vehicles in North America due to the risk of engine fires and door latches failing, leading to doors opening unexpectedly. All of the affected vehicles (2014 Escape, 2014 to 2015 Fiesta ST, 2013 to 2014 Fusion, 2013 to 2015 Transit Connect) are fitted with the 1.6L GTDI engine.
The vehicles are at risk of fire because, in some cases, there's not enough coolant fluid circulating, causing the engine to overheat and crack the car's cylinder head, which can result in an oil leak, the company stated. The company says it has 29 reports of fires in the US and Canada, but no injuries.
Owners can keep driving the vehicles but should go to a dealer if the cars overheat or frequently need coolant.
Ford's second recall expands on an earlier recall involving door latches.
Ford's is also adding 211,000 vehicles that will be recalled as part of a 2015 move, replacing faulty door latches.
Share with Us - We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article, and smart, constructive criticism. "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.
The engine fire recall covers over 360,000 vehicles in North America and Europe.
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. Continued operation of a vehicle at these speeds could result in a resonance frequency that may fracture transmission and/or driveline components.
The vehicles in question might be missing some sheet metal welds in the windshield header.
Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with this issue in the vehicles included in this supplement to safety action 15S16.
Ford said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with this issue. Dealerships will replace the current two-piece driveshaft in favor of a three-piece unit with two center bearing brackets.
Lastly, 84 brand-new 2017 Edge crossovers may not be completely welded across the top of their windshield headers.