Ford recalls 570K vehicles for fire risk, door latch trouble

Ford recalls 570K vehicles for fire risk, door latch trouble

Ford on Wednesday issued two recalls covering more than 441,000 vehicles that could catch fire under the hood or that contain door latch springs that can break.

The repairs include a new recall to prevent engine fires and expansion of an ongoing campaign to fix doors that could swing open while the vehicle is in motion.

In North America, the engine fire recall includes the 2014 Escape SUV, the 2014 and 2015 compact Fiesta ST, the 2013 and 2014 Fusion midsize auto, and the 2013 through 2015 Transit Connection small van.

Ford said it will mail customers instructions from the owner's manual on how to check and refill coolant. If an engine overheats, it may crack a cylinder head, which can leak pressurized oil.

So far, there have been 29 reported fires but no injuries.

A year ago bad door latch recalls cost Ford some $640 million, the AP said. In vehicles with leaks, overheating or frequent coolant draining, dealers will install a coolant sensor to alert owners to future problems.

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The company also is adding 211,000 vehicles to a previous recall to replace faulty door latches that recall covers the 2014 Fiesta and the 2013 and 2014 Fusion and Lincoln MKZ.

Ford's second recall expands on an earlier recall involving door latches.

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

In these vehicles, a component called a pawl spring tab has a chance of breaking. The Ford reference number for this recall is 17S09. Driving at speeds over 75 miles per hour can result in a resonance frequency that can facture the transmission along with driveline components. There have been no resulting accidents or injuries, Ford said.

There are approximately 548 vehicles located in North America, including 509 in the United States and 39 in Canada. The recalled vehicles are missing welds in the windshield, which could increase the risk of injury in a side-impact crash.

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

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