Ford issues five safety recalls
Sometimes it just happens like this – you buy a new car, you enjoy it for a few months and then a big recall is announced and you have to bring it back to your dealer for repairs. Given you do not own a Ford you are safe for now but if you have a recently manufactured Ford vehicle you may be in some hot water.
The thing is that Ford has issued five recalls and this is the bad news. The good news is that vehicles sold in North America are the only ones that are affected and here we will list the vehicles that have a problem.
There's a safety recall for about 27,600 2014 Ford Transit Connect vehicles for potentially incorrect fuel and vapor line routing. If the lines happen to be incorrectly routed, they may rub together and may cause a leak in the fuel line over time. Given there's a fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source there might be a fire. Affected vehicles include certain 2014 Transit Connect vehicles with a 2.5-liter engine built at Valencia Assembly, Aug. 1, 2013 to July 10, 2014. Ford is aware of 25,238 vehicles in the United States and federalized territories, and approximately 2,359 in Canada. Fortunately no incidents have been reported as of now. The problem will be fixed at no cost to the owner by the nearest Ford dealer.
Approximately ninety 2015 Ford Transit vehicles are also recalled due to an issue with the bracket that holds the fuel filter to the frame. It may become detached over time, resulting in a knocking sound or an engine stall due to fuel starvation. An unexpected engine stall while driving, with the inability to restart the engine, may lead to an increased risk of a crash.Affected vehicles include certain 2015 Transit vehicles with a 3.2-liter diesel engine built at Kansas City Assembly, July 28, 2014 to Aug. 7, 2014. Ford is aware of 89 vehicles in the United States and three in Canada. No incidents have been reported so far. The problem will be fixed by a Ford dealer at no cost.
About 38,600 2005-2011 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car are also recalled because they may have been improperly repaired during a previous safety recall for an issue with the lower intermediate steering shaft. The improper repair may cause a loss of steering. The vehicles being recalled include certain 2005-2011 Ford Crown Victoria vehicles built at St. Thomas Assembly, March 23, 2004 to Aug. 30, 2011; certain 2005-2011 Mercury Grand Marquis vehicles built at St. Thomas Assembly, March 23, 2004 to Aug. 30, 2011; certain 2005-2007 Lincoln Town Car vehicles built at Wixom Assembly, March 8, 2004 to June 5, 2007 and certain 2008-2011 Lincoln Town Car vehicles built at St. Thomas Assembly, Aug. 28, 2007 to Aug. 30, 2011. No incidents have been reported so far and Ford dealers will fix your car for free.
Approximately 950 2014 Ford F-150 vehicles in North America are recalled due to a brake pedal position switch issue. The brake pedal position switch may be incorrectly adjusted, which may result in a delay or a non-illumination of the brake lights when the brake is depressed. Drivers may need to use additional brake pressure to disengage the cruise control system, so Ford is advising customers not to use cruise control until the vehicle has been repaired. The cruise control system off switch on the steering wheel will continue to disengage the system. No incidents have been reported and the problem will be fixed by Ford dealers at no cost to the vehicle owner.
The last recall affects about 135,000 2014 Ford Flex and F-150 vehicles and is announced because of a passenger seat occupant classification sensing issue that may result in deployment of the passenger airbag in certain frontal crashes, if an adult is in the passenger seat. This may increase the risk of injury in certain frontal crashes.Affected vehicles include certain 2014 Flex vehicles built at Oakville Assembly, March 1, 2014 to May 31, 2014; certain 2014 F-150 vehicles built at Dearborn Truck, March 1, 2014 to May 31, 2014; certain 2014 F-150 vehicles built at Kansas City Assembly, March 1, 2014 to May 31, 2014 and certain 2009-2014 F-150 vehicles serviced with a suspect seat track assembly repaired Feb. 17, 2014 through Oct. 31, 2014. No accidents have been reported and the problem will be fixed for free at your local Ford dealer.