Ford Announces about 593,000 Cars Affected by Safety Recalls
Ford has announced four separate recalls that affect about 593,000 cars, trucks, SUVs and cargo vans.
According to a company release, Ford is aware of one accident and no injuries related to the defects.
Ford will notify owners affected by the recalls and dealers will fix the problems, free of charge.
Corrosion Could Cause Difficulty Steering
Certain 2013-2015 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ, and 2015 Ford Edge vehicles could experience corrosion of the steering gear motor attachment bolts.
If the steering gear motor bolts fracture, the steering system may default to manual steering mode, making the vehicle more difficult to steer, especially at lower speeds. This would not result in a loss of steering, but could result in an increased risk of a crash.
About 520,000 vehicles in North America are affected by this recall.
Vehicles included in this recall were either originally sold in, or are currently registered in Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Customers located in non-corrosion states will be covered by extended warranty if they experience similar concerns.
Dealers will replace steering gear motor attachment bolts on customer vehicles with new bolts, seal them, and replace damaged steering gears.
Overly Bright Parking Lamps
The parking lamps in certain 2015 Lincoln MKZ sedans shine brighter than federal standards allow, posing a sight risk to oncoming traffic.
About 22,600 cars are affected by the recall.
Dealers will update the body control module software, which controls the intensity of the parking lamps.
Underbody Heat Shield Issue
About 100 2015 Ford F-150 trucks may have underbody heat shields that are improperly installed or missing, increasing the risk of fire.
Dealers will inspect for missing underbody heat shields and fasteners and install missing components as needed.
One Accident Possibly Related to Fuel Pump Defect
Allegedly one accident is related to the nickel plating on the fuel pump on certain 2014 Ford Focus, Edge, Escape and Transit Connect, and model year 2014 – 2015 Ford Fiesta vehicles. About 50,000 of these vehicles have been recalled as a result.
The defect may cause the fuel pump to seize. If the fuel pump seizes, a vehicle may not start or may stall while driving. An engine stall without warning while driving increases the risk of a crash.
Ford is aware of one alleged accident that may be related to this condition.
Dealers will replace the fuel delivery module.