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Ford Motor Company announced Wednesday it was recalling nearly 600,000 cars and crossover SUVs, led by a notice to certain Ford car owners who could encounter sudden power steering loss linked to the heavy use of road salts in areas of the U.S. that encounter heavy annual snowfall.
“Ford is issuing a safety recall for approximately 520,000 2013-15 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles and certain 2015 Ford Edge vehicles in corrosion states and provinces in North America,” the company said in a statement. Salt could prematurely corrode the bolts used to affix the power-steering engine. If the bolts fail, the engine could disengage and drivers could suddenly find it harder to steer the vehicle, increasing the chance of accidents. No incidents linked to the flaw have been reported.
Automakers tend to voluntarily issue recalls to avoid the bad publicity that emerges when the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) demands safety-related recalls.
Ford bundled three other recalls in Wednesday’s announcement, led by a notice covering about 50,000 recent-model-year Focus compact cars, Edge crossovers, Escape compact crossovers, Transit Connect vans and Ford Fiesta hatchbacks for a problem with the fuel pump that could cause engines to stall unexpectedly while vehicles are in motion. A third recall notice covers about 22,600 2015 Lincoln MKZ midsize luxury cars for parking lamps that are brighter than regulations allow, which endanger visibility for oncoming drivers. A fourth recall covered 91 of the aluminum-body 2015 Ford F-150 trucks with underbody heat shields that may be improperly installed or missing, increasing the risk of fire.
Doors That Could Swing Open
Ford said last week it was recalling 336,873 vehicles in the U.S. to ensure doors don’t swing open unexpectedly. The problem is similar to one identified by Ford earlier this year in nearly 400,000 other cars and SUVs.
“A component within the door latches may break making the doors difficult to latch and/or leading the driver or a passenger to believe a door is securely closed when, in fact, it is not,” said a recall-acknowledgment letter from the NHTSA dated Monday. There are no known injuries or accidents related to the flaw.
The problem affects Ford Fiesta hatchbacks (model years 2012 to 2014), Ford Fusion sedans (model years 2013 and 2014) and Lincoln MKZ midsize luxury cars (model years 2013 and 2014). Ford is sending out notifications to owners to bring their cars in to have all four door latches replaced.
Earlier this year, Ford announced two recalls affecting about 390,000 Ford Explorer SUVs (model years 2011 to 2013) and Ford Taurus sedans (2010 to 2013) to fix a flawed door-handle spring that could fail, causing doors to fly open on side impacts, increasing chances of injury during accidents.
So far this year, issues with doors have made up most of Ford’s recall activity, covering about 1.32 million cars and SUVs.
Check Your Ford (Or Lincoln)
Click here for Ford’s recall search database using your vehicle identification number. Here are this year’s Ford Motor Company (Ford and Lincoln) U.S. auto safety recalls since the start of 2015 through April 29. Some recalls include a small number of affected vehicles in Canada and, to a lesser extent, Mexico. This list is in descending order by number of affected vehicles:
-- Nearly 520,000 Ford Fusion sedans and Lincoln MKZ midsize luxury cars (from the 2013 to 2015 model years) and 2015 Ford Edge midsize crossovers for potential corrosion-related failure of bolts that hold the automatic steering driver in place. If the automatic steering engine fails, cars can suddenly switch to manual steering, increasing risk of accidents. The recall focuses on the so-called Salt Belt states where roads are routinely salted in the winter. The salt can cause excessive degradation of undercarriage components, including brake cable pipes and bolts.
-- Nearly 337,000 Ford Fiesta hatchbacks (model years 2012 to 2014), Ford Fusion sedans (model years 2013 and 2014) and Lincoln MKZ midsize luxury cars (model years 2013 and 2014) for the interior door latch problem described above.
-- Nearly 195,000 Ford Explorer SUVs from the model years 2011 to 2013 for an interior door handle spring that could fail and cause the door to unlatch and swing open during side-impact collisions.
-- Nearly 195,000 Ford Taurus sedans (model years 2010 to 2013) and Lincoln MKS luxury cars (model years 2011 to 2013) for the interior door handle spring problem described above.
-- About 50,000 2014 Ford Focus compact cars, Ford Edge crossovers, Ford Escape compact crossovers and Ford Transit Connect vans and 2014-15 Ford Fiesta hatchbacks for a problem with the fuel pump that could cause engines to stall unexpectedly while vehicles are in motion.
-- About 22,600 2015 Lincoln MKZ midsize luxury cars for parking lamps that are brighter than regulations allow. The brightness can adversely affect oncoming drivers.
-- More than 16,000 2014 Ford Transit Connect vans to tighten the bolts to the seat belt anchorages that could loosen over time, posing a risk that the belts will fail in the event of an accident.
-- More than 11,000 2015 Lincoln MKC luxury crossovers to relocate the position of the button used to start and stop the engine. The location of the button increases the risk a driver could accidentally shut the engine off, disabling air bags and seat belt restraints, increasing the risk of cash and injury.
-- More than 9,000 2014 Ford Escape SUVs and 2015 Lincoln MKC luxury crossovers for a possible fuel pump failure than can lead to an unexpected engine stall, increasing chances of an accident.
-- About 6,300 F-350, F-450 and F-550 Super Duty fire engine and ambulances (model years 2011 to 2015) may falsely detect vehicle overheating, causing the engine to shut down and prevent an immediate restart.
-- About 1,500 Lincoln MKT limousines and hearses that have vacuum pump relays that could overheat, increasing the risk of fire.
-- A small number (122) of heavy-duty F-Series pickup trucks (F-450, F-550 series) have been recalled since the start of the year to fix suspension fluid leaks, oil leaks or a problem with wheelchair lifts made by a different company.
-- Nearly 100 Ford F-150 trucks with underbody heat shields that may be improperly installed or missing, increasing the risk of fire.