Ford Recalls 230K Vehicles To Correct Fire Hazard

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

Ford issued recalls on Wednesday affecting more than 400,000 vehicles, one for a coolant circulation problem that can cause fires and another an expansion of a door-latch recall. If vehicles leak coolant or overheat, they should be taken to a dealer, Weigandt said.

The defect has been linked with at least 29 reports of fires in the US and Canada and no injuries, Ford said.

Affected vehicles include 2014 Ford Fiestas, 2013 and 2014 Ford Fusions and 2013 and 2014 Lincoln MKZ vehicles.

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.

Ford will mail customers instructions on how to check and refill the coolant.

When service kits are available, dealers will install a coolant level sensor with supporting hardware and software at no charge to the customer, Ford said.

Ford will contact owners about the recalls and provide information on how to fix the problems.

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About 208,584 of the affected vehicles are in the USA and federalized territories, 21,854 are in Canada and 318 are in Mexico.

In the affected vehicles, the pawl spring tab in the side door latch could break.

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 is also recalling 548 2017 model year F-450 and F-550 trucks with faulty driveshafts.

The defective drive shaft will cause the truck to experience vibration issues at high speeds.

Driving the vehicles at that pace can create a resonance frequency that may fracture the transmission and other driveline components. Dealerships will replace the current two-piece driveshaft in favor of a three-piece unit with two center bearing brackets. But the automaker is not aware of collisions or injuries associated with this issue.

Lastly, 84 brand-new 2017 Edge crossovers may not be completely welded across the top of their windshield headers. Vehicles with an improperly welded windshield header may have reduced lateral structural integrity, potentially increasing the risk of injury in a side-impact crash.

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