Published: Thu, March 30, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Merle Christensen

Ford Fiesta, 2013-2014 Fusion, 2013-2014 Lincoln MKZ: Recall Alert

Ford Fiesta, 2013-2014 Fusion, 2013-2014 Lincoln MKZ: Recall Alert

The second recall is an expansion of an existing call back to 211,000 more vehicles over an issue with door latches.

Ford's first recall covers over 230,000 2013-to-2015 Escapes, Fiestas, Fusions and transit connect vans with 1.6-liter turbocharged engines that Ford says can overheat, causing the cylinder head to crack and leak oil that can catch fire.

The overheating could cause a crack in the cylinder head, leading to an oil leak, Ford said. The company reports in a news release it is aware of 29 North American fires related to the recall, but no injuries.

In addition, the company is also issuing recall notices in North American over a door latch issue on 2014 Fiestas, 2013-2014 Fusions and 2013-2014 Lincoln MKZ's. Pawl spring tabs in the interior door-latch pulls can break, which means the door may not be secured even if it seems to be closed, the company said.

Read ABC's full story.

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.

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Driving a vehicle that is on fire or that has doors popping open is impressive, but not recommended.

Ford Motor Co. issued a safety recall to replace the drive shaft in 2017 Ford F-450 and F-550 heavy-duty trucks.

Since the 2015 recall, there are almost 757,000 cars that are being brought back, including the newly recalled cars. The recall number is 17809.

The truck recall effects about 548 vehicles that may experience driveline vibration caused by a powertrain system resonance condition that come on at speeds of more than 75 miles per hour, according to the automaker.

Dealers will replace the two-piece driveshaft with a new three-piece driveshaft and two center bearing brackets at no charge to the customer. There have been no resulting accidents or injuries, Ford said. To fix the issue, dealers will install service kits which include a coolant level sensor with supporting hardware and software.

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