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Ford recalls 440K vehicles for fire risk, door latch trouble

30 March 2017

Ford has issued a recall covering 441,000 2013 through 2015 model year vehicles over problems related to engine fires and faulty door latches. Ford said a lack of coolant circulation can cause the engines to overheat, cracking the cylinder head. The automaker says the cars are fine to drive, but to watch out for coolant leaks and monitor coolant levels.

The defect has been linked with at least 29 reports of fires in the US and Canada and no injuries, Ford said.

Ford Motor Company is expanding a previously announced safety recall regarding door latches to include approximately 211,000 more vehicles.

In Europe, the recall includes the 2010 through 2015 C-Max hybrid and Focus small auto, as well as the 2013 through 2015 Transit Connect van.

Owners of the impacted vehicles will receive reminders from Ford on how to properly maintain coolant levels.

Owners can keep driving the vehicles but should go to a dealer if the cars overheat or frequently need coolant.

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Door latches have been a major problem for Ford vehicles during the past three years, the Associated Press reported, resulting in investigations by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and recalls of over 3 million vehicles. Ford will replace all four door latches on every affected vehicle with a stronger version, which should prevent any spring tab breakage in the future. To date, Ford is unaware of any injuries related to this issue.

There are 210,619 vehicles affected in this expanded recall in North America, including 191,432 in the United States and federalized territories, 10,996 in Canada and 8,191 in Mexico.

Finally, 548 units of the 2017 Ford F-450 and F-550 are being recalled to replace the driveshaft.

Affected vehicles may experience driveline vibration caused by a powertrain system resonance condition at speeds above 75 miles per hour.

There have not been any injuries or accidents as a result of the issue, the automaker stated. Continued operation of a vehicle at these speeds could result in a resonance frequency that may fracture transmission and/or driveline components. Dealers will swap out the two-piece driveshaft with a new three-piece driveshaft and install two center bearing brackets.

Ford will resolve the problem by repairing the windshield header.

Ford recalls 440K vehicles for fire risk, door latch trouble