Ford Motor Co. has issued a recall for about 450,000 minivans and SUVs in the U.S. because of problems regarding the powertrain and braking systems. These problems could lead to dangerous losses of power or even fires, the Agence France-Presse reported.
The recall includes approximately 206,000 Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey vans built for the model years 2004 and 2005. Ford is also recalling more than 200,000 Ford Escape SUVs made in 2001 and 2002.
With regards to the minivans, they have a torque converter output shaft that can suddenly cause the vehicle to lose power, which in turn increases the risk of a crash. The SUVs may have been outfitted with a faulty brake master cylinder reservoir cap, according to Reuters.
Ford is the No. 2 automaker in the U.S.
Ford spokesman, Daniel Pierce, told CNN Money that the company is aware of two minor accidents that have been attributed to the minivan recall. Minor injuries were reported in one of those accidents while the other resulted in no injury, according to the CNN Money report.
Pierce said that he isn't aware of any accident or injury involving the Escape recall. He's, however, aware of reports of property damage.
Ford has reportedly said it would fix the problems for free.