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

30 March 2017

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.

The company is alerting 230,000 owners of four 2013 through 2015 models, including Fusion mid-size cars, Escape SUVs, Fiesta ST subcompacts and Transit Connect vans with 1.6-Liter turbocharged engines.

Ford will mail customers instructions on how to check and refill the coolant. Engines can overheat when coolants don't circulate properly, resulting in a crack in the cylinder head that allows oil to leak onto hot engine surfaces, the Dearborn-based automaker said. The company reports in a news release it is aware of 29 North American fires related to the recall, but no injuries.

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

The faulty door latch recall covers the 2014 Fiesta, the 2013 and 2014 Fusion and the Lincoln MKZ. Pawl spring tabs in the interior door-latch pulls can break, which means the door may not be secured even if it seems to be closed, the company said.

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Ford dealers will replace the two-piece driveshaft with a new three-piece driveshaft and two center bearing brackets at no charge to the customer.

Ford Motor Co. issued a safety recall to replace the drive shaft in 2017 Ford F-450 and F-550 heavy-duty trucks. The door may suddenly open while driving, rebound while closing, or be hard to close. Continued operation of a vehicle at these speeds could result in a resonance frequency that may fracture transmission and/or driveline components, Ford said.

There are approximately 548 vehicles located in North America, including 509 in the United States and 39 in Canada. Thankfully, Ford hasn't received any reports of injuries related to this issue. There have been no resulting accidents or injuries, Ford said.

Affected vehicles include certain 2017 Edge vehicles built at Oakville Assembly Plant, Feb. 21, 2017 to Feb. 22, 2017.

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