Ford recalls almost 600,000 cars, SUVs, and trucks

Owners urged to visit dealers to address steering, fuel pump, and light concerns

Published: May 08, 2015 10:30 AM
2014 Ford Escape

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It’s been a big week for recalls at Ford.

The carmaker has issued four separate recalls in the past several days, totaling almost 600,000 sedans, SUVs, and pickup trucks sold in the U.S. and Canada.

The largest of the recalls involves approximately 520,000 2013-15 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans and Ford Edge SUVs built with steering gear motor attachment bolts that may fracture due to corrosion. The result could be a loss of power assist making the vehicles more difficult to control. While a fracture would not make the vehicles impossible to steer, the loss of power assist would require increased steering effort, which could result in a crash. Under the terms of the recall, dealers in colder climates will install and seal new bolts and replace damaged steering gears at no cost. Customers outside snowbelt states will be eligible for an extended warranty for related repairs.

Another recall covers about 50,000 Ford Edge, Escape, Fiesta, and Transit Connect models from the 2014-15 model years. There is a risk that a fuel pump seizure could cause the vehicle not to start or to stall while driving with a resultant loss of control. Dealers will replace the fuel delivery module of affected vehicles at no cost to the consumer.

The remaining two recalls involve approximately 22,600 2015 Lincoln MKZ sedans equipped with parking lights that are brighter than federal regulations allow, and approximately 100 2015 Ford F-150 pickup trucks inadvertently built with heat shields either missing or improperly installed, which could result in a fire. Dealers will make necessary repairs.

All recalls are issued for safety reasons and should be taken seriously by owners. Learn more in "The truth about car recalls."

Check for car recalls on your car.

Jim Travers

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