About 219,000 Ford Vehicles Affected by Two Safety Recalls
Ford announced two recalls for safety defects that affect about 219,000 sports cars and crossover SUVs.
More than 19,000 model year 2015 Ford Mustangs are at risk of a fuel leak, while 200,000 Ford Escapes could experience an issue with the instrument cluster.
Automotive News reports that this is the sixteenth recall for the popular SUV since its redesign three years ago.
Prolonged exposure to elevated underbody temperatures can cause the fuel tank and vapor lines to degrade, eventually resulting in a fuel leak and increasing the risk of a fire. Additionally, these elevated underbody temperatures can also cause seals in the parking brake cable to degrade.
Dealers will replace the fuel tank shield, add thermal patches to the fuel tank and parking brake cable, and add thermal wraps to fuel vapor lines, free of charge.
Certain model year 2014-2015 Ford Escapes have an issue with the instrument panel cluster can keep the warning chimes, warning messages, and warning lights from working. Subsequently, the SUVs don't meet federal safety standards.
Ford said that is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with the problem.
Certain model year Transit Connect cargo vans are also affected by the recall.
Dealers will replace the instrument cluster software at no charge.
Ford will contact owners affected by both recalls. For more information, owners can contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332.