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30 March 2017, 01:08 | Shelley Chandler
Ford recalls 440000 vehicles for engine fire risk
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. Later, dealers will install coolant-level sensors on all the affected cars.
Ford plans to mail customers instructions from the owner's manual on how to check and refill coolant.
The Associated Press reports the second recall is an expansion of a previous one of 2.3 million vehicles including the 2012-15 Ford Focus and 2013-15 Escape and C-Max models.
The recalled vehicles are equipped with 1.6-liter GTDI engines, which could overheat because of a lack of coolant circulation, according to a news release from Ford. 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.
A risk of engine fires has Ford Motor Co. issuing a safety recall for 230,000 vehicles in North America.
Ford also expanded a safety recall for a door-latch problem to include approximately 211,000 additional vehicles, including 2014 Ford Fiesta, 2013-14 Ford Fusion and 2013-14 Lincoln MKZ vehicles.
Owners can keep driving the vehicles but should go to a dealer if the cars overheat or frequently need coolant.
Ford said there have been no injuries so far attributed to the bad latches, which can sometimes prevent the door from fully closing or cause it to open suddenly while the vehicle is in motion.
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. The recalled vehicles are missing welds in the windshield, which could increase the risk of injury in a side-impact crash. To date, Ford is unaware of any injuries related to this issue.
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.
No injuries have been reported in connection with the coolant issue.
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