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Ford Recalls Nearly 600K Vehicles

Problems include fuel pumps, steering gears and lights.

by on Apr.29, 2015

The Lincoln MKZ is part of a recall of nearly 520,000 Ford-produced vehicles for steering gear problems.

Ford announced recalls for nearly 600,000 vehicles for a variety problems involving steering gears, fuel pumps and parking lamps.

The automaker is recalling 520,000 2013-15 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles and 2015 Ford Edge vehicles in North America for a steering gear motor attachment issue. The problem is centralized in certain regions where corrosion is a problem. The steering gear motor attachment bolts may fracture due to corrosion. If that occurs, the steering system can default to manual steering mode from power steering making steering very difficult.

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Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this condition. In addition to the problem being regional, it only impacts vehicles built at plants and at certain times. Dealers will replace steering gear motor attachment bolts on customer vehicles with new bolts, seal them, and replace damaged steering gears at no cost to the customer.

The vehicles impacted were built in February and March at the maker’s Hermosillo, Flat Rock and Oakville assembly plants. The company will outline the specifics in their contact with owners. There are 487,301 vehicles in the United States and 31,012 in Canada.

Vehicles included in this recall were either originally sold in, or are currently registered in Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Also included are the Canadian corrosion provinces of Ontario, Quebec, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Customers located in non-corrosion states or provinces will be covered by extended warranty if they experience similar concerns.

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The company recalled approximately 50,000 2014 Ford Focus, Edge, Escape and Transit Connect vehicles and 2014-15 Ford Fiesta vehicles in North America for an issue with the nickel plating on the fuel pump, which may cause it to seize. If the fuel pump seizes, a vehicle may not start or may stall while driving, which increases the likelihood of a crash.

Dealers will replace the fuel delivery module free of charge. Ford is aware of one allegation of an accident that may be related to this condition.

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The affected vehicles include certain Ford Focus vehicles built October 26, 2013 – May 22, 2014 at Michigan Assembly Plant; certain Ford Edge vehicles built April 30, 2014 to May 21, 2014 at Oakville Assembly Plant; certain Ford Escape vehicles built Feb. 14, 2014 to March 7, 2014 at Louisville Assembly Plant; certain Ford Transit Connect vehicles built Nov. 11, 2013 to Aug. 29, 2014 at Valencia Assembly Plant; and certain Ford Fiesta vehicles built April 10, 2014 to June 17, 2014 at Cuautitlán Assembly Plant.

There are 45,505 vehicles in the United States, 4,618 in Canada and 34 in Mexico.

Ford is issuing a safety compliance recall for approximately 22,600 2015 Lincoln MKZ vehicles in North America the headlamps are on, the park lamps are brighter than regulations allow, and may adversely affect the vision of oncoming drivers. Dealers will update the body control module software, which controls the intensity of the park lamps, at no cost to the customer.

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Finally, Ford is recalling 91 2015 F-150 pickups in North America for a potential issue with certain underbody heat shields that may be improperly installed or missing, increasing the risk of fire. Dealers will inspect for missing underbody heat shields and fasteners and install any missing components as needed free of charge.

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One Response to “Ford Recalls Nearly 600K Vehicles”

  1. Jorge says:

    These regional recalls for corrosion based issues make no sense at all as we’ve discussed here in the past. It’s quite common for cars to be sold and people to relocate to southern U.S. states that don’t have a Winter salt/corrosion issue yet these vehicles were exposed to this issue. Cars brought from the south to the salt belt areas will experience the corrosion issues. There is no logic IMO to not fix all affected vehicles – period.

    That being said I wonder how marginal the mounting bolts were for the steering if Winter corrosion is enough to weaken them to the point of fracture? That doesn’t sound like a good design to me. That may have been a weight or cost savings measure to use under sized bolts?