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30 March 2017, 01:29 | Muriel Sparks
Ford recalls 440K vehicles for fire risk, door latch trouble
Ford Motor Co. said it will take a $295 million hit to its first-quarter earnings from two recalls in North America, one involving engines that could catch fire and the other involving a persistent door latch problem.
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 company says it has 29 reports of fires in the USA and Canada, but no injuries.
The faulty door latch recall covers the 2014 Fiesta, the 2013 and 2014 Fusion and the Lincoln MKZ.
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 first send affected owners literature regarding checking and refilling coolant. If a vehicle has a coolant leak or overheats frequently, then customers should see their dealer right away.
Ford now doesn't have service kits available and told customers to continue to drive their vehicles.
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Door latches have been a major problem for Ford vehicles during the past three years, the Associated Press reported, resulting in investigations by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and recalls of over 3 million vehicles. A door latch with a fractured pawl spring tab typically results in a "door will not close" condition. Ford said it had not recorded any crashes or injuries connected to the defect.
There are 210,619 vehicles affected in this expanded recall in North America, including 191,432 in the United States and federalized territories, 10,996 in Canada and 8,191 in Mexico.
Ford also has a recall for a limited number of 2017 Ford F-450 and F-550 trucks to replace the drive shaft. Dealers will swap out the two-piece driveshaft with a new three-piece driveshaft and install two center bearing brackets.
There have not been any injuries or accidents as a result of the issue, the automaker stated.
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