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

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

Ford is expanding a September 2016 recall to fix door latches on another 191,432 USA -market cars, including the 2013-2014 Fusion and Lincoln MKZ, and the 2014 Fiesta. Engines can overheat when coolants don't circulate properly, resulting in a crack in the cylinder head that allows oil to leak onto hot engine surfaces, the Dearborn-based automaker said.

The overheating could cause a crack in the cylinder head, leading to an oil leak, Ford said. The company says it has 29 reports of fires in the US and Canada, but no injuries.

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

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The company is alerting 230,000 owners of four 2013 through 2015 models, including Fusion mid-size cars, Escape SUVs, Fiesta ST subcompacts and Transit Connect vans with 1.6-Liter turbocharged engines. Dealers also will check coolant levels for owners.

Ford Motor Co., the second largest USA automaker, on Wednesday announced two new recalls affecting 440,000 vehicles and expects to spend about $295 million to fix the issues.

There are 210,619 vehicles affected in this expanded recall in North America, including 191,432 in the United States and federalized territories, 10,996 in Canada and 8,191 in Mexico.

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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.

This recall is a bit smaller than the previous two, covering just 548 examples of the 2017 Ford F-450 and F-550 heavy-duty pickup truck. Above 75 miles per hour, the trucks' powertrain may resonate at a certain frequency that could stress the transmission or drivetrain to the point where parts may crack or otherwise become damaged. Dealerships will replace the current two-piece driveshaft in favor of a three-piece unit with two center bearing brackets. There have been no resulting accidents or injuries, Ford said.

Ford has also issued a recall for 111 2017 Ford Edge cars to fix windshield header welds. Ford said continued operation of those vehicles could result in fractured tranmissions or driveline components, which could cause power loss while driving or unintended moving while parked.

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



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