Ford Recalls 570K Vehicles For Fire Risk, Door Latch Trouble

Posted March 30, 2017

Ford's investigation of these vehicles has identified a risk of under-hood fires.

Affected models, all equipped with a 1.6-liter GTDI engine, include the 2014 Escape, the 2014-15 Fiesta St, 2013-14 Fusion and 2013-15 Transit Connect. In Europe, the recall covers the 2010 through 2015 C-Max hybrid and Focus small vehicle, and the 2013 through 2015 Transit Connect van.

A November 2013 recall addressed this same problem on 140,000 Escape models from 2013, the first model year of the car's redesign and the first application of the 1.6-liter engine. That can lead to a crack in the cylinder head, which could lead to a pressurized oil leak and that could result in an engine fire.

"Oil that comes into contact with a hot engine surface increases the risk of a fire in the engine compartment", the company said, adding that it knows of 29 "reports of fire associated with this issue" in the USA and Canada.

Ford says that it will mail owners of the affected vehicles information on how to check and refill coolant. She did not know if the company will fix coolant leaks, but said she would check.

Ford's is also adding 211,000 vehicles that will be recalled as part of a 2015 move, replacing faulty door latches. The vehicles include the 2013 and 2014 Fusion and Lincoln MKZ, and the 2014 Fiesta.

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Taken together, the two new recalls will cost Ford about $295 million, spokeswoman Elizabeth Weigandt said in an email.

The company recalled more than 2.3 million vehicles last fall because their door latches weren't working properly.

Ford's second recall expands on an earlier recall involving door latches. 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.

Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with this issue in the vehicles included in this supplement to safety action 15S16.

A year ago door latch recalls cost the company $640 million.