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NHTSA Investigating Ford Focus Door Latches

Could impact as many as 400,000 vehicles.

by on Jan.20, 2016

NHTSA is investing complaints about ineffective door latches on 2012 and 2013 Ford Focus models.

U.S. safety regulators announced they’re looking into complaints about Ford Focus compacts with doors that do not latch properly. The problem affects as many as 400,000 vehicles built for the 2012 and 2013 model years.

There have been 73 complaints filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, including one instance in Texas where the driver’s side door flew open while driving.

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“This is an extreme safety hazard, and it is just a matter of time until someone falls out of a moving vehicle and is killed or injured,” the person wrote in the complaint filed with the agency, adding that he called the automaker and was told that it is aware of a large number of failures but would not do a recall. (more…)

Ford Recalling 432,000 Cars that Might Not Shut Off

Ford Focus, Escape and C-Max models targeted.

by on Jul.02, 2015

Ford is recalling Escape - again.

Ford Motor Co. is recalling about 432,000 cars, crossovers and “people-movers” because of a software glitch that might make it difficult to shut the vehicles off.

Ford says the problem is a flaw in the body control module used on three of its key product lines, the compact Focus sedan, the Escape utility vehicle, and the C-Max microvan. It can impact both vehicles with keyed ignitions as well as those with start/stop buttons.

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If the system fails, the vehicles may keep running even if the ignition button is pressed or the key is turned to the “off” position and removed, Ford said.

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Ford Targeting Nearly 450,000 Vehicles With Two Separate Recalls

Power steering problems are primary issue.

by on May.27, 2015

One recall covers versions of the new 2015 Ford Mustang equipped with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine.

Ford is targeting nearly 450,000 vehicles as part of a pair of recalls, it announced today.

The primary problem is a flawed power-steering system on a variety of recent sedan and crossover models. But the second problem affects the turbocharged version of the recently redesigned Ford Mustang.

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Ford says the bigger recall involves a problem so far linked to four minor crashes with no injuries. There have been no accidents, fires or injuries involving the Mustang defect.

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Ford Recalls 390K Vehicles for Door Latch Problem

Latest action puts number at 1.4 million with latch issues.

by on Apr.27, 2015

Ford is recalling 2012-2104 Fiestas for door latch problems. The maker has recalled 1.4 million vehicles due to latch issues.

Ford continues to battle problems with door latches recalling 390,000 late model Fiestas, Fusions and MKZs.

Door latch problems have been a running dilemma for the automaker and the latest action raises the total number of vehicles recalled for them to 1.4 million.

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Ford’s latest recall covers 389,585 2012-14 Ford Fiesta and 2013-14 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ cars with 337,000 of those vehicles in the U.S., 30,000 in Canada and the remainder in Mexico. (more…)

Nissan, Ford Recalling Nearly 1 Million Vehicles

Makers deal with variety of problems in multiple models.

by on Jan.28, 2015

Nissan is recalling 2013 Nissan Rogues due to an electrical problem.

Nissan and Ford are recalling nearly 1 million vehicles for problems involving faulty hood latches, door springs, electrical issues and seatbelts. Most of the affected vehicles are in the U.S.

Nissan discovered a problem with 552,000 Rogue and Rogue Select SUVs built between 2008 and 2014. According to the automaker, snow and salty water can get into the floor of the interior cabin and wiring harness under the carpet causing electrical shorts.

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Dealers will inspect the harness and replace it if necessary at no cost to owners. Those without damage will be sealed. (more…)

Ford Ends 2014 with Recall; GM Kicks Off 2015 with Recall

Makers continued to be plagued with ignition-related issues.

by on Jan.02, 2015

Ford is recalling Lincoln MKCs to move the ignition button to the top of the console, left, from the bottom, right, where it was susceptible to accidental shutoffs.

For the U.S. auto industry, 2015 is beginning much the same way 2014 ended: with a recall.

Ford announced on Dec. 31 it was recalling more than 25,000 Ford Escapes and Lincoln MKC models for two separate problems. Meanwhile, General Motors kicked off 2015 by announcing it was instituting three recalls for more than 92,000 full-size trucks and SUVs. The move may have some wondering if 2015 will be any different than last year, which saw the industry recall a record 60 million-plus automobiles: double the previous high.

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Dearborn, Michigan-based Ford is recalling 13,500 2015 Lincoln MKCs built at its Louisville Assembly Plant to move the push-button ignition switch from the bottom of the center console, which is near its touch-screen infotainment center, to the top of the console. (more…)

Takata Runs Full-Page Ad Claiming It Will Do More

Supplier declines to join Ford to expand recall nationally.

by on Dec.18, 2014

Ford is the latest automaker to expand its recall of Takata airbags from a regional action to a national one.

Beleaguered auto supplier Takata took out full-page ads in several newspapers today saying more must be done to resolve the problem with its airbags, but a national recall of the faulty devices was not the answer.

And then Ford expanded its recall of the airbags to a national action.

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The ad, which was an open letter from Takata CEO Shigehisa Takada, was published in The Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times and three German papers. In the letter, Takada, who is the grandson of the company’s founder, outlined what the company was doing to try and rectify the situation, such as increasing the number of replacement parts being manufactured from 300,000 a month to 450,000, asking other airbag suppliers to produce parts and tripling the amount of testing it’s conducting on airbags. (more…)

Ford Recalls More Than 200,000 Trucks, Cars

Maker’s actions involve F-150s, Flexes and other vehicles.

by on Nov.05, 2014

Ford is recalling several thousand F-150s due to problems with airbag sensors. The company recalled 200,000 vehicles yesterday.

Ford is recalling more than 200,000 mostly late-model vehicles in five separate actions ranging from airbag issues to steering shaft problems. Some of the vehicles are being recalled for a second time.

The current crop of recalls means the U.S. total for recalls is over the 52 million mark, easily surpassing the previous record of 30.1 million in 2004.

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The biggest recall involves 135,000 2014 F-150 full-size pickups and Ford Flex crossovers due to a faulty passenger seat weight sensor. The defective sensor can, in some cases, prevent the airbag from inflating during crashes. (more…)

Chrysler, Ford Recalling 700,000 More Vehicles

Latest actions push 2014 total to nearly 42 million.

by on Oct.30, 2014

Chrysler is recalling more than 184,000 Ram heavy duty trucks with 6.7-liter Cummins diesels for a fuel-heater housing problem.

U.S. automakers continued their march to 42 million-plus vehicles recalled this year with actions by Chrysler and Ford adding nearly 700,000 vehicles to the rolls.

Chrysler Group announced a global recall of more than 566,000 Jeep and Dodge SUVs because their stability controls might not work while in heavy-duty and commercial Ram pickups because their diesel-fuel heaters might get too hot.

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The stability control recall is for 184,186 of the 2014 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs: 132,223 are in the U.S., 8,871 are in Canada, 4,742 are in Mexico and 38,350 are outside the North America. (more…)

Ford Shares Plunge on Bad News About Recalls, Europe

But maker insists it is “well-positioned for long-term.”

by on Sep.30, 2014

Ford CEO Mark Fields, shown with the 2015 Edge, insists the maker's long-term prospects are solid.

Investors took a dim view after being given an inside look at Ford Motor Co, the maker acknowledging that its European turnaround will be delayed, while it expects to run up big losses in South America, as well – with earnings taking taking another $500 million hit due to recent recalls.

Ford shares closed Monday at $15.11, down about 7.5% on nearly three times the normal volume on the New York Stock Exchange, investors having to balance the maker’s short-term problems against the more upbeat, long-term potential outlined by new Ford CEO mark Fields and his top management team.

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“Our long-term plan underscores the commitment we have to our One Ford plan, while accelerating our pace of progress, delivering product excellence and driving innovation in all areas of our business,” Fields said during a presentation to automotive analysts dubbed Ford 2020. “We remain completely focused on offering customers the freshest lineup of world-class vehicles to meet their needs.”

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