NEWS: Safety Recalls for More Than 400K Vehicles in North America

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Three safety recalls and one safety compliance recall affect Ford Super Duty and Transit Connect

Ford is once again firing up its recall machine. This time, it’ll be sending out notices to the owners of more than 400,000 Ford and Lincoln vehicles in North America.

This newest campaign includes three safety recalls and a safety compliance recall. Here’s how they break down (no pun intended):

Potential Under-Hood Fires, Reference # 17S09

A lack of coolant circulation in the 1.6-liter GTDI engines of 230,756 Transit Connects, Escapes, Fiesta STs, and Fusions could cause the engine to overheat, the cylinder head to crack, and oil to spray out. If that hits the engine when it’s hot, a fire could flare up. In fact, 29 fires like that have been reported in the U.S. and Canada. These are the model years and build dates to look out for:

  • 2014 Escape – Louisville Assembly Plant, built between Feb. 12, 2013 and Sept. 2, 2014
  • 2014-15 Fiesta ST – Cuautitlan Assembly Plant, built between Jan. 22, 2013 and May 27, 2014
  • 2013-14 Fusion – Hermosillo Assembly Plant, built between Feb. 15, 2012 and June 6, 2014
  • 2013-15 Transit Connect – Valencia Assembly Plant, built between June 13, 2013 and Dec. 14, 2014

According to the blue oval’s media site, “Ford 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 Latches, Reference # 15S16

Ford is expanding a previous safety recall to include another 210,619 Ford and Lincoln vehicles. A spring tab in the door latch could break, causing the door to be unable to close and increasing the risk of harm to those inside the passenger compartment.

Pay attention to these model years, vehicles, and assembly sites and dates:

  • 2014 Fiesta – Cuautitlan Assembly Plant, manufactured between June 1, 2013 and Oct. 31, 2013
  • 2014 Fusion – Flat Rock Assembly Plant, manufactured between June 18, 2013 and Oct. 31, 2013
  • 2013-14 Fusion – Hermosillo Assembly Plant, manufactured between June 1, 2013 and Oct. 31, 2013
  • 2013-14 Lincoln MKZ – Hermosillo Assembly Plant, manufactured between June 1, 2013 and Oct. 31, 2013

If your vehicle is on the recall list, your Ford dealer will replace all four of its side door latches with more robust hardware for free.

Driveshafts, Reference # 17S08

This safety recall covers 548 2017 Ford F-450s and F-550s. A “powertrain system resonance condition at speeds above 75 mph” may cause a vibration in the driveline that could fracture transmission and/or driveline parts. That has the potential to translate into a sudden loss of power while driving or movement of the vehicle while it’s parked if the parking brake is not engaged.

If you own one of these trucks, get ready to take it in for a recall service:

  • 2017 F-450/F-550 – Kentucky Assembly Plant, built between June 6, 2016 and Feb. 21, 2017
  • 2017 F-450/F-550 – Ohio Assembly Plant, built between Feb. 16, 2016 and Feb. 21, 2017

When you show up for your recall service appointment, your dealer will swap out the two-piece driveshaft for a new three-piece unit and two center bearing brackets at no charge.


Windshield Header Welds, Reference # 17C05

Ford has issued a safety compliance recall for 111 Ford Edges because their windshield headers may be missing key welds that could negatively impact lateral structural integrity and increase the risk of injury in the event of a side impact.

Which Edges does that apply to? These:

  • 2017 Edge – Oakville Assembly Plant, manufactured between Feb. 21, 2017 and Feb. 22, 2017

Your Ford dealer will repair the windshield header at no cost to you.

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Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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