Three recalls to bring you from Ford this week involve about 48,300 vehicles.
2015-2016 FORD TRANSIT
The Basics: Ford is issuing a safety recall for approximately 38,000 2015-2016 low-roof Ford Transit vehicles to inspect and adjust side-curtain airbags as needed. a.
The Issue: In some vehicles, it is possible the side-curtain airbags aren’t positioned correctly on either or both sides of the vehicle, so side-curtain airbags may not work correctly and increase the risk of injury in a crash.
Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue.
Vehicles: Affected vehicles include certain 2015-2016 low-roof Ford Transit vehicles built at Kansas City Assembly Plant, March 12, 2014 through March 18, 2016. There are 37,905 vehicles affected, including 37,066 in the United States and federalized territories and 839 in Canada.
The Fix: Dealers will inspect and adjust the side-curtain airbags to the correct position as needed at no cost to the customer.
2015-2016 LINCOLN MKC; 2016 FORD EXPLORER
The Basics: Ford is issuing a safety recall for approximately 5,500 2015-2016 Lincoln MKC and 2016 Ford Explorer vehicles to remove the engine block heaters and replace them with an updated design.
The Issue: The engine block design, coupled with the particular block heater installed in these vehicles, causes the unit to be susceptible to overheating when the vehicle is parked and the block heater is plugged in –increasing the risk of a fire under the hood.
Ford is aware of two reports of fires in Canada, but is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue.
Vehicles: Affected vehicles include certain 2015-2016 Lincoln MKC vehicles built at Louisville Assembly Plant, Nov. 25, 2013 through Jan. 25, 2016 and certain 2016 Ford Explorer vehicles built at Chicago Assembly Plant, Oct. 20, 2014 through Jan. 28, 2016. There are 5,536 vehicles affected by the issue, including 3,129 2015-2016 Lincoln MKC and 2,407 2016 Ford Explorer vehicles, with 1,543 of the affected vehicles in the United States and federalized territories and 3,993 in Canada.
The Fix: Dealers will remove and replace the engine block heater with an updated design and, if needed, replace the cord at no cost to the customer.
2015-2016 FORD F-650, F-750
The Basics: Ford is issuing a safety recall for approximately 4,800 Ford F-650 and F-750 vehicles to replace the parking brake cable connector clips.
The Issue: In some vehicles, the parking brake connector clips were not manufactured to the correct specifications and could break – resulting in unintended movement of the vehicle and increased risk of injury.
Ford is not aware of any accidents, injuries or fires related to this condition.
Vehicles: Affected vehicles include certain 2015-2016 Ford F-650 and F-750 vehicles built at Escobedo Assembly Plant, Jan. 28, 2015 through April 23, 2015, and Ohio Assembly Plant, Jan. 31, 2015 through Nov. 30, 2015. There are 4,764 vehicles affected, including 4,654 in the United States and federalized territories and 110 in Canada.
The Fix: Dealers will replace the connector clip at no cost to the customer.
2014-2016 CAPRICE POLICE PURSUIT
The Basics: General Motors is recalling 6,280 Caprice Police Pursuit vehicles for a power-steering defect. The recall affects 2014-16 model years, according to documents filed with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The Issue: GM says electric power steering assist can be lost due to potential corrosion on a torque sensor connector. That can lead to the driver having to put more effort in while manually steering, increasing the risk of an accident.
Notes: GM launched an investigation into the problem in September after the La Grange, Ill., police department reported a loss of power steering to the automaker. The investigation found that corrosion can be the result of the police vehicles’ heavy usage. No accidents or injuries have been reported.
The Fix: Dealerships will replace the steering gear assembly at no charge.
The Basics: Volkswagen is recalling 91,000 Passat sedans in the U.S. to fix insufficient cable insulation that could cause short circuits. The cars were assembled between 2012 and 2014. Vehicles in other markets were not affected by the fault.
Notes: The German carmaker, which has for months been working on a fix for the nearly 600,000 diesel vehicles on U.S. roads caught up in the company’s massive emissions cheating scandal, has had a string of recalls lately due to various technical glitches.
2015-2016 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE, DODGE DURANGO
The Basics: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling 14,768 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos, both from the 2015 and 2016 model years, and built between December 9, 2015, and January 14, 2016.
The Problem: The left front brake caliper on some vehicles may have been made from the wrong type of iron, and could be prone to crack. A cracked brake caliper may not function properly. The problem was discovered by the automaker during testing
There are no reported injures or deaths related to the issue.
The Fix: Dealers will need to check the casting date of the component in question, and if necessary, replace the brake caliper. The schedule for carrying out the recall service has yet to be outlined. Expect to hear from the manufacturer to arrange an appointment with your local dealer.
2015-2016 WRX, FORESTER 2.0XT
The Issue: The automaker received a report of engine stall last year in a vehicle distributed in Australia. An investigation determined that the turbocharger air intake duct had cracked. The supplier mistakenly used the wrong material for a portion of the turbo intake duct. A difference in material characteristics consequently makes the component prone to failure.
“Should the air intake duct crack, the engine may develop a rough idle, reduced power and possibly stall,” Subaru warns. “Should the engine suddenly lose power or stall while driving, there is an increased risk of a crash.”
The Fix: Each vehicle will be inspected to determine if the correct duct material was used.