Ford recall includes Escape SUVs made in Louisville
- Author: Kyle Warner Mar 30, 2017,
Mar 30, 2017, 1:26
Overheating can lead to cracked cylinder heads that leaks oil and create the possibility of an under-hood fire.
Ford is aware of 29 reports of fire associated with this issue in the United States and Canada. This is the fifth such recall, involving some 400,000 Escape vehicles in the United States, since the compact SUV made its debut for 2013.
Ford's first recall affects about 230,000 vehicles, all of which are equipped with 1.6-liter turbocharged I4 engines. A total of 208,584 cars are affected in the United States. To fix the issue, dealers will install service kits which include a coolant level sensor with supporting hardware and software.
Almost half a million Ford vehicles are being recalled to fix issues ranging from coolant problems to bad door latches and flawed drive shafts. A December 2012 recall, also on 2013 Escape models, addressed the coolant leaks.
Ford said the cost of the recalls were included in its updated earnings guidance issued last week. The company will mail customers instructions from the owner's manual on how to check and refill coolant.
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Ford said there have been no injuries so far attributed to the bad latches, which can sometimes prevent the door from fully closing or cause it to open suddenly while the vehicle is in motion. A door that opens while driving increases the risk of injury. Ford has recalled almost 2.9 million cars for these faulty door latches since 2015.
Finally, the automaker said it is recalling about 548 2017 Ford F-450 and F-550 trucks to replace the driveshaft. Ford said it knows of at least one accident and three injuries within the 2 million cars it recalled in September. Dealerships will replace the current two-piece driveshaft in favor of a three-piece unit with two center bearing brackets.
Ford is issuing a safety compliance recall for approximately 111 2017 Ford Edge vehicles for missing windshield header welds.
Owners can continue to drive the vehicles safely and park them in garages or other structures, spokeswoman Elizabeth Weigandt said.