Ford Announces Six Recalls Due to Various Safety Concerns

Ford Announces Six Recalls Due to Various Safety Concerns
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September 30, 2015

Ford Motor Company is issuing six recalls because of safety defects that the company claims are responsible for a small number of non-injury accidents.

Ford Windstar

Ford is issuing a recall for about 340,000 1998-2003 Ford Windstar vehicles due to a rear axle issue. There is a risk that the combined effects of corrosion and stress can lead to cracks in the axle that can grow and result in a complete fracture. The previous recall repair involved installing a rear axle reinforcement bracket to mitigate the safety risk in the event of an axle fracture, but an incorrectly installed bracket could limit the previous recall's effectiveness.

Dealers will inspect these vehicles to determine if the brackets were correctly installed. Customers whose vehicles had the bracket installed incorrectly will have their rear axle replaced. If the bracket was correctly installed, customers will receive an incentive to replace their rear axle at a reduced cost.

Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner

Ford is recalling about 70 2001-2008 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner vehicles with a remanufactured transmission due to a possible loose shift control lever bolt. In these vehicles, the shift control lever bolt might not have been tightened properly, which could cause the shift lever to disengage from the transmission without warning. This can result in the loss of transmission gear selection and the vehicle could roll away.

Dealers will check to ensure the shift control lever bolt is tightened properly at no cost to the customer.

Ford F-150

The automaker is recalling about 37,000 Ford F-150 vehicles for a potential issue with adaptive cruise control. When passing a large, highly reflective truck, the adaptive cruise control radar in some of these vehicles could incorrectly identify the truck as being in the F-150 lane of travel when it is not. As a result, the vehicle might apply the brakes until the truck is no longer perceived to be in the lane of travel.

Dealers will update the adaptive cruise control module software at no cost to the customer.

Ford Taurus, Lincoln MKS, and Ford Explorer

Ford is issuing a safety recall for approximately 250 2015 Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS vehicles, as well as 2016 Ford Explorer vehicles for a potential issue with the fuel tank attachment bolts that might not have been tightened properly. As a result, the fuel tank straps could fracture after an extended period of time, causing the fuel tank to separate from the vehicle, leading to a fuel leak.

Dealers will properly tighten the fuel tank attachment bolts at no cost to the customer.

Ford F-53 and F-59

Ford is recalling about 1,500 2016 Ford F-53 and F-59 stripped chassis vehicles for a potential issue with the shift control bracket. The shift control bracket might not have been manufactured properly, so the vehicle might be able to be shifted into reverse without applying the brakes.

Dealers will replace the transmission shift control bracket and adjust the shift cable, free of charge.

Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ

Ford is issuing a safety compliance recall for approximately 700 2016 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles for a potential issue with the fuel tank. In these vehicles, the fuel tank might not have been manufactured properly and could crack in a crash, which is a compliance issue with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) 301, regarding fuel system integrity.

Dealers will replace the fuel tank at no cost to the customer.

Owners with questions about any Ford or Mercury vehicle recall should contact the company at (800) 392-3673. Owners with questions about Lincoln vehicle recalls should call (800) 521-4140.