Ford is recalling more than 250,000 Fiestas, Fusions, Milans and MKZs as well as E-Series vans as part of three separate actions covering potentially faulty door hardware, wire harnesses and brake pedals.
The automaker is recalling selected 2014-15 Ford Fiesta, 2014-16 Ford Fusion and 2014-16 Lincoln MKZ vehicles due to latch pawl spring-tabs that are susceptible to cracking and failure in areas with high ambient temperatures.
The problem typically results in an inability to close the door and get it to latch on affected vehicles. Additionally, the door could simply unlatch and open while the vehicle is in motion, according to the automaker.
At this point, Ford is unaware of any reports of accident or injury related to this condition. This action affects 248,912 vehicles in the United States and federal territories, 19,431 in Mexico and four in Canada.
Affected vehicles include:
- 2014-15 Ford Fiesta vehicles built at Cuautitlán Stamping and Assembly Plant, Nov. 1, 2013, to Dec. 4, 2014
- 2014-16 Ford Fusion vehicles built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant and Hermosillo Assembly Plant, Nov. 1, 2013, to April 27, 2015
- 2014-16 Lincoln MKZ vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant, Nov. 1, 2013, to April 27, 2015
Affected vehicles are or have been previously registered in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington and federal territories. Dealers will remove and replace the side door latches.
The company is also recalling certain 2021 Ford E-Series stripped chassis and cutaway vehicles due to frame-mounted wire harnesses that could, over time, chafe on the frame and damage the wire harness and the circuits within it.
The problem could affect the fuel, trailer tow and antilock braking systems, damaging the fuel pump circuit, causing the engine to stall while driving. If an engine stall occurs while driving without a warning or the ability to restart, it can increase the risk of a crash.
Ford is not aware of any reports of accident, injury or fire related to this condition. This action affects 2,871 vehicles in the United States and 760 in Canada. Affected 2021 Ford E-Series vehicles were built at Ohio Assembly Plant, May 11, 2019, to Jan. 30, 2020.
Dealers will inspect the wire harness for damage. If there is no damage, the technician will apply anti-abrasion tape over the area and ensure clearance to surrounding components. If the wire harness is damaged, technicians will follow the standard workshop manual repair procedure to slice in new wire, apply anti-abrasion tape over the area and ensure clearance to surrounding components.
Lastly, Ford is recalling certain 2006-10 Ford Fusion, 2006-10 Mercury Milan and 2006-10 Lincoln MKZ vehicles. In the affected vehicles, a normally closed valve inside the hydraulic control unit may stick open, which could result in extended brake pedal travel, increasing the risk of a crash.
Ford is aware of one accident report related to this condition. This action affects 54,292 vehicles in Canada. Affected vehicles were built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant, Feb. 22, 2006, to July 15, 2009.
To resolve the problem, dealers will inspect the hydraulic control unit for signs of stuck or slow-responding valves and replace the unit if necessary. The system will be pressure-flushed with DOT 4 brake fluid and the DOT 3 reservoir cap will be replaced with a new DOT 4 cap.