Ford Hit With $295 Million Recall Charge

Posted March 30, 2017

Ford said Wednesday that it would fix defects in more than 441,000 vehicles in North America through separate recalls, including certain versions of the popular Escape sport-utility vehicle and Fusion sedan.

The automaker on Wednesday issued a safety recalls for roughly 230,000 vehicles at risk for engine fires.

In North America it includes Escape SUVs from the 2014 model year, plus the 2014 and 2015 compact Fiesta ST, the 2013 and 2014 Fusion midsize vehicle and the 2013 through 2015 Transit Connect small van. Instead, Ford will mail instructions to owners reminding them to check their coolant levels, refill the coolant, and schedule service if the coolant "frequently" needs to be topped off.

Ford claims that lack of coolant circulation can lead to overheating, causing cracked cylinder heads that can leak oil.

Ford said it was aware of 29 incidents in the USA and Canada, but did not receive any reports of injuries.

Ford said it is not aware of any incidents or injuries related to this recall. The company advised customers to seek a dealer if their vehicle leaks coolant.

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In October, NHTSA opened a preliminary investigation into 440,000 Ford 2011-2013 Edge SUVs over door latch warning light issues.

In these vehicles, a component called a pawl spring tab has a chance of breaking. For that reason, you should be aware of Ford's latest recalls. The door may suddenly open while driving, rebound while closing, or be hard to close.

Ford is also recalling 548 2017 model year F-450 and F-550 trucks with faulty driveshafts. Driving at speeds over 75 miles per hour can result in a resonance frequency that can facture the transmission along with driveline components.

If this occurs, Ford says it can increase the risk of injury to drivers or passengers.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the two-piece driveshaft with a three-piece driveshaft with two carrier bearings at no charge to the customer.

The vehicles in question might be missing some sheet metal welds in the windshield header.