Ford Issues Recall for Nearly 231,000 Vehicles at Risk of Under-Hood Fires

Ford is aware of 29 reports of fire associated with this issue in the United States and Canada

Ford Issues Recall for Nearly 231,000 Vehicles at Risk of Under-Hood Fires
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March 29, 2017

Ford is issuing a safety recall in North America for approximately 230,000 vehcicles, including model year 2014 Ford Escape, 2014-2015 Ford Fiesta ST, 2013-2014 Ford Fusion, and 2013-2015 Ford Transit Connect vehicles equipped with 1.6-liter GTDI engines.

Ford says that its internal investigation of these vehicles has identified a risk of under-hood fires.

In the affected vehicles, a lack of coolant circulation could cause an engine to overheat, resulting in a crack in the cylinder head. A cracked cylinder head can result in a pressurized oil leak. Oil that comes into contact with a hot engine surface increases the risk of a fire in the engine compartment.

Ford is aware of 29 reports of fire associated with this issue in the United States and Canada. No injuries have been reported, to date.

Ford will mail instructions to owners of the recalled vehicles on how to check and refill the coolant. When service kits are available, Ford dealers will install a coolant level sensor with supporting hardware and software at no charge to the customer.

Ford says that owners can continue to drive their vehicles in the meantime, but should see their local dealer if the vehicle exhibits a coolant leak, experiences overheating, or frequently needs coolant added.

Vehicle owners with additional questions about this recall can contact Ford at (866) 436-7332. Ford's reference number for the recall is 17S09.