Ford recalling 441000 vehicles over engine fires, faulty door latches

Elbert EdwardsMar 30, 2017

In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday, Ford said the $295 million charge would be absorbed mainly by its North America and Europe business units and would be included in first-quarter results.

About 208,584 of the affected vehicles are in the US and federalized territories, 21,854 are in Canada and 318 are in Mexico.

A lack of coolant circulation could cause the engine to overheat, causing a crack in the cylinder head, according to Ford.

The company also is adding 211,000 vehicles to a previous recall to replace faulty door latches.

The biggest lot of the grand total sees 230,756 automobiles being recalled in the United States, Canada, and Mexico due to 29 reports of under-hood fire. The company advised customers to seek a dealer if their vehicle leaks coolant.

Ford's first recall covers over 230,000 2013-to-2015 Escapes, Fiestas, Fusions and transit connect vans with 1.6-liter turbocharged engines that Ford says can overheat, causing the cylinder head to crack and leak oil that can catch fire. This may reduce the vehicle's structural integrity in a side-impact collision, Ford said. Instead, Ford will mail instructions to owners reminding them to check their coolant levels, refill the coolant, and schedule service if the coolant "frequently" needs to be topped off.

The Dearborn automaker had previously recalled almost 4 million vehicles for door latch issues in six separate recalls since 2014, including 2.4 million vehicles recalled in late 2016.

Auto industry giant Ford has issued safety recalls for almost half a million vehicles.

The 2013 Ford Fiesta, 2013-2014 Fusion and 2014-2014 Lincoln MKZ are affected.

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

In the affected vehicles, the pawl spring tab in the side door latch can break, causing the door not to close securely, and possibly open during driving.

Past year door latch recalls cost the company $640 million. Ford said it knows of at least one accident and three injuries within the 2 million cars it recalled in September.

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