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

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

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

The problem with Ford vehicles' engines that could cause fires include 360,000 cars in North America and Europe, including the Escape SUVs from the 2014 model year, as well as the 2014 and 2015 compact Fiesta ST, the 2013 and 2014 Fusion midsize auto, as well as the 2013 through 2015 Transit Connect small van.

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. The automaker says the cars are fine to drive, but to watch out for coolant leaks and monitor coolant levels. 29 reports of fires.

Ford's is also adding 211,000 vehicles that will be recalled as part of a 2015 move, replacing faulty door latches.

The vehicles affected include the 2014 Ford Escape, 2014-15 Ford Fiesta ST, 2013-14 Ford Fusion and 2013-15 Ford Transit Connect vehicles.

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

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Owners can keep driving the vehicles but should go to a dealer if the cars overheat or frequently need coolant. Later, dealers will install coolant-level sensors on all the affected cars. Since 2014, the total number of vehicles Ford has recalled for various door-latch problems has topped 4 million. Ford will replace all four door latches on every affected vehicle with a stronger version, which should prevent any spring tab breakage in the future.

In these vehicles, a component called a pawl spring tab has a chance of breaking.

About 208,584 of the affected vehicles are in the USA and federalized territories, 21,854 are in Canada and 318 are in Mexico. Vehicles with an improperly welded windshield header may have reduced lateral structural integrity, potentially increasing the risk of injury in a side-impact crash. The replaced driveshaft is said to fix the issue.

Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with this issue. Ford said it knows of at least one accident and three injuries within the 2 million cars it recalled in September.

Ford has also issued a recall for 111 2017 Ford Edge cars to fix windshield header welds.

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