Ford Recalls 500,000 Vehicles Over Engine Fires, Door Latches

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Ford‘s first quarter earnings will see a $295 million hit due to two big recalls announced Wednesday. They impact more than 500,000 newer model vehicles.

Engine Fires

The first recall involving 230,000 vehicles has to do with engines that could catch on fire. In fact, there are 29 reports of fires in the U.S. and Canada. The models involved in the recall come equipped with 1.6-liter GTDI engines: the 2014 Escape, 2014-15 Fiesta ST, 2013-14 Fusion and 2013-2015 Transit Connects.

Ford says these vehicles are at risk of under-hood fires. The problem is that there may be a lack of coolant circulation. So the engine could overheat, cracking the cylinder head. If that happens, there could be an oil leak that could potentially spark a fire.

Ford says it will mail customers instructions from the owner’s manual on how to check and refill coolant. Customers can continue to drive their vehicles, but should see their dealer if their vehicle exhibits a coolant leak, overheating or frequently needs coolant added. When service kits are available, dealers will install a coolant level sensor with supporting hardware and software at no charge to the customer.

Door Latch Recall

The second recall impacting Ford’s first quarter bottom line is an ongoing door latch issue. This impacts 211,000 2014 Ford Fiesta, 2013-14 Ford Fusion and 2013-14 Lincoln MKZ vehicles.

Ford says the problem here is that the pawl spring tab in the side door latch could break. This means the door could open while the car is in motion. Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with this issue.

Dealers will replace all four side door latches with a more robust service door latch at no cost to the customer.

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