Ford Just Recalled More Than 570K Vehicles For This Reason

Bad news for Ford this week. The car manufacturer is recalling more than 570,000 vehicles in North America and Europe .

The recall is in order to fix separate problems that can cause engine fires and doors to fly open unexpectedly.

Ford said it has 29 reports of fires in the U.S. and Canada, but no injuries.

In North America and Europe, the engine fire recall covers over 360,000 vehicles. In North America this includes 2014 Escape SUVs, 2014 and 2015 compact Fiesta STs, the 2013 and 2014 Fusion midsize car and the 2013 through 2015 Transit Connect small van.

In Europe, the recall includes the 2010 through 2015 C-Max hybrid and Focus small car, and the 2013 through 2015 Transit Connect van.

All of the vehicles involved in the recall have 1.6 liter four-cylinder turbocharged engines.

The cause for engine fires could be a lack of coolant circulation that may cause the engine to overheat, causing a crack in the cylinder head, according to Ford. If that happens, pressurized oil can leak through the crack, and if it hits a hot surface, could cause an engine fire.

Ford spokeswoman Elizabeth Weigandt said that owners can continue to drive the vehicles safely and park them in garages or other structures.

Instructions will be mailed to the customers on how to check and refill coolant. If vehicles leak coolant or overheat, they should be taken to a dealer, Weigandt said.

In a seperate issue, Ford is also adding 211,000 vehicles to a 2015 recall that will replace faulty door latches.
The models in the recall cover the 2014 Fiesta and the 2013 and 2014 Fusion and Lincoln MKZ. The expansion brings the total from the 2015 recall to nearly 757,000.

According to the company, 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. The company says it’s unaware of any crashes or injuries involving the vehicles added to the 2015 recall.

It was last fall when Ford recalled more than 2.3 million vehicles because their door latches weren’t working properly. That recall included the 2012-2015 Ford Focus and the 2013-2015 Ford Escape and C-Max. Door latch recalls cost the company $640 million in 2016.

Disclaimer: We have no position in Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) and have not been compensated for this article.

Sofia Vida

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