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

Ford will contact owners about the recalls and provide information on how to fix the problems. Overheating can lead to cracked cylinder heads that leaks oil and create the possibility of an under-hood fire.

Ford has issued a recall covering 441,000 2013 through 2015 model year vehicles over problems related to engine fires and faulty door latches. Customers can drive their vehicles, but should go to a dealer if there are issues with its coolant.

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

The 2014 Escape, along with the 2014-2015 Fiesta ST, the 2013-2014 Fusion, and the 2013-2015 Transit Connect, have a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that, due to a leaky coolant system, can overheat, crack the cylinder head, and then leak oil. This may reduce the vehicle's structural integrity in a side-impact collision, Ford said. "When service kits are available, dealers will install a coolant level sensor with supporting hardware and software at no charge to the customer".

Ford plans to mail customers instructions from the owner's manual on how to check and refill coolant. The expansion brings the total from the 2015 recall to almost 757,000.

The additional units covered by the door latch recall are certain versions of the 2014 Fiesta, 2013 and 2014 Fusion and 2013 and 2014 Lincoln MKZ.

Ford is recalling the current-generation Escape for engine fires, according to the company and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

In the affected vehicles, the pawl spring tab in the side door latch could break. Thankfully, Ford hasn't received any reports of injuries related to this issue. There have been no resulting accidents or injuries, Ford said.

Finally, the automaker said it is recalling about 548 2017 Ford F-450 and F-550 trucks to replace the driveshaft.

Dealers will replace the two-piece driveshaft with a new three-piece driveshaft and two center bearing brackets at no charge to the customer.

  • Fernando Stephens