More than 360,000 Ford vehicles in North America are now subject to a recall due to potential defects that can cause engine fires or doors to fly open. The Ford recall involves the 2014 Escape SUV; the 2014 and 2015 compact Fiesta ST; the 2013 and 2014 midsize Fusion; and the 2013 through 2015 small van Transit Connect.
Ford says inadequate coolant circulation may cause the engines in these vehicles to overheat, leading to a crack in the cylinder head. If the cylinder head cracks, hot oil could escape, causing an engine fire. And while the company says it has reports of 29 vehicle fires in the United States and Canada, so far no one has been reported injured.
The vehicles can continue to be driven and parked in garages or other structures, according to company officials. Ford will mail vehicle owners instructions from their owner’s manual with instructions on how to check and replace their coolant. Officials stressed that if vehicles are overheating or leaking coolant, they should be taken to their dealers for service.
This most recent Ford recall also adds an additional 211,000 vehicles to a 2015 recall involving the replacement of faulty door latches. Now involved in that recall are the 2014 Fiesta and the 2013 and 2014 Fusion and Lincoln LKZ. The National Transportation Safety Board has been investigating problems with Ford’s door latches for three years, leading to recalls of over 3 million cars, trucks, vans and SUVs.
A broken pawl in the door latch is the reason behind the latest recall. When broken, the pawl can stop the door from closing or cause it to open when the vehicle is being driven. Company officials say they have had no reports of crashes or injuries as a result of the latest recall.
In a recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company said the Ford recall would cut pretax earning by approximately $295 million. If you believe you have been injured as a result of this recall, call Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Goodwin at 209-522-2211 or visit the firm online.