Ford recalls 440K vehicles for fire risk, door latch trouble

Ford recalls 440K vehicles for fire risk, door latch trouble

That could result in an oil leak that could ignite a fire. If that happens, pressurized oil can leak through the crack, and if it hits a hot surface, could cause and engine fire.

Ford said it was aware of 29 incidents in the USA and Canada, but did not receive any reports of injuries. All the vehicles have 1.6-Liter four-cylinder turbocharged engines. The Ford reference number for this recall is 17S09.

Ford plans to mail customers instructions from the owner's manual on how to check and refill coolant. Later, dealers will install coolant-level sensors on all the affected cars.

Ford Motor Company is expanding a previously announced safety recall regarding door latches to include approximately 211,000 more vehicles.

The company will recall certain versions of the 2014 Ford Escape, 2014 and 2015 Ford Fiesta ST, 2013 and 2014 Ford Fusion and 2013 and 2015 Ford Transit Connect.

In the latest recall a pawl in the door latch can break, either stopping the doors from closing or causing them to open while the cars are being driven.

Driving a vehicle that is on fire or that has doors popping open is impressive, but not recommended.

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If this occurs, Ford says it can increase the risk of injury to drivers or passengers. A total of 230,756 units are affected in North America.

In May 2014, Ford recalled 692,700 Escape SUVs from the 2013-2014 model years because their doors didn't latch properly.

Ford is also recalling 548 2017 model year F-450 and F-550 trucks with faulty driveshafts.

The truck recall effects about 548 vehicles that may experience driveline vibration caused by a powertrain system resonance condition that come on at speeds of more than 75 miles per hour, according to the automaker. Continued operation of a vehicle at these speeds could result in a resonance frequency that may fracture transmission and/or driveline components.

Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with the issue.

No injuries have been reported in connection with the coolant issue.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the two-piece driveshaft with a three-piece driveshaft with two carrier bearings at no charge to the customer.

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