Ford recently recalled more than 440,000 vehicles in North America to fix two separate problems. The first issue is believed to cause engine fires and the second happens when doors refrain from closing or fly open unexpectedly.
Cracked Cylinders Ignite Engine Fires
Ford’s engine fire recall covers over 230,000 vehicles in North America and includes the:
- Ford Escape SUVs (2014)
- Ford Compact Fiesta ST (2014 and 2015)
- Ford Fusion (2013 and 2014)
- Ford Transit Connect (2013 through 2015)
According to Ford, all these vehicles have 1.6-Liter four-cylinder turbocharged engines that overheat when lack of coolant circulation occurs, causing a crack in the cylinder head. When that happens oil can leak through the cracked head and once it hits a hot surface, could ignite an engine fire. The company says it has 29 reports of fires in the U.S. and Canada, but luckily no injuries to report as of yet.
Faulty Door Latches Remain a Problem for Ford
Ford also is recalling an additional 211,000 vehicles to a previous list to replace faulty door latches that can break and stop the doors from closing or causing them to open while vehicles are being driven. This additional recall expands the 2015 total to more than 757,000. The most recent recall covers the:
- Ford Fiesta (2014)
- Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ (2013 and 2014)
The company has previously recalled more than 2.9 million vehicles because their door latches weren’t working properly. These include the:
- Ford Focus (2012-2015)
- Ford Escape and C-Max (2013-2015)
- Escape SUVs (2013-2014)
Over the past three years, door latches have remained a major problem for Ford, resulting in multiple investigations by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
NHTSA’s Recommendations for Vehicle Owners
Motorists who own vehicles impacted by the Ford recall should do the following:
- Do NOT drive a vehicle if you cannot close its doors.
- Do NOT try to make temporary fixes to faulty door latches by, for instance, trying to tie doors shut with ropes and/or having passengers try to hold them closed.
- Have vehicles towed to repair shops (to have the faulty latches fixed) whenever you notice the latches are becoming problematic (or ASAP).
- If a door swings open while you are driving, pull over immediately and refrain from driving the vehicle.
- Wearing a seatbelt is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in the event a faulty door latch disengages (and/or a collision is imminent).
If Your Vehicle is Involved in a Recall
Regulators at the NHTSA remain to encourage vehicle owners involved in any recall to:
- Look out for possible mailed recall notices and visit the carmakers website for current updates and information.
- Check if their vehicle(s) are affected by a recall via the NHTSA’s online VIN lookup guide.
- Respond ASAP to the recall and have all issues fixed promptly to reduce the risk of accident or injury.
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