Ford Motor Co. said that it is issuing two recalls of the Ford Escape crossover, putting the number of recalls covering the Escape since its 2013 redesign into double- digits.
The recalls relate to a software glitch that could delay airbag deployment in a crash and exterior door handles that might not latch properly.
Each one covers about 700,000 vehicles globally from the 2013-14 model years, including roughly 600,000 in the United States. The airbag software recall also includes about 65,000 C-Max hybrids.
Escapes built from Feb. 15 through April 10 are covered by the door handle recall but not airbag software recall, while those built before Feb. 15 are covered by both recalls. Ford said it does not know of any crashes or injuries related to either recall.
Ford said the airbag software defect could delay deployment of the side-curtain airbags in some rollover accidents, increasing the risk of injuries. Dealers will be instructed to reprogram the restraint control module.
The door handle problem could make doors difficult to close or cause them to open while driving, potentially injuring an occupant, Ford said. Dealers will inspect the handles and reposition them if necessary.
Customers will be notified by the end of May, and repairs for both recalls can be performed simultaneously.