To hear there is yet another vehicle manufacturer recall would not necessarily be a surprise at this point. Indeed, over the past couple years vehicle recalls seem to have become a little too common.
Sure enough, though, Ford is issuing yet another recall and this time it involves at least 57,000 vehicles in North America and Europe. The problem(s) involve increased risk for potential engine fires and increased risk for doors to suddenly open.
The first recall—the engine fire—will cover approximately 360,000 vehicles in North America and Europe. It will include 2014 Escape SUVs as well as the 2014 and 2015 compact Fiesta ST; the 2013 and 2014 Fusion midsize; and the 2013, 2014, and 2015 Transit Connect small van, in the United States. In Europe, the recall covers 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 C-Max hybrid and Ford as well as the 2013, 2014, and 2015 Transit Connect van.
All vehicles happen to be equipped with a 1.6-Liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine, though that has not been linked, necessarily, to the recalls; at least, for now. What we do know is that low coolant can cause the engine to overheat, which leads to a crack in the cylinderhead. Should this happen, says Ford, pressurized oil can leak through and combust on the hot engine. So far, the company says they have received only 29 reports of such fires in the US and Canada, with no related injuries.
Perhaps most importantly, though, Ford assures that owners can continue to drive their vehicle, safely, as well as park them in garages as there is no eminent threat (just a potential one). Ford spokeswoman Elizabeth Weigandt explains that the company will send instructions to customers detailing how to check the coolant (to ensure it is of a normal level and temperature). Furthermore, Ford says that dealers should check coolant levels for owners.
Weingardt also says that the company will send parts to dealers—as materials are available—which will allow for dealers to install a coolant level sensor and a dash warning light to help keep drivers abreast of the situation and avoid an overheat.
The second recall—the faulty door latches—covers about 211,000 vehicles including the 2014 Fiesta and the 2013 and 2014 Fusion and Lincoln MKZ. This is actually an expansion for an existing recall, which now brings the total count to 757,000 recalls. Last year, Ford recalled more than 2.3 million vehicles because of ineffective door latches.