Ford recalls 440K vehicles for fire risk, door latch trouble

Posted March 30, 2017

Ford Motor Co. will recall more than 570,000 vehicles worldwide due to separate issues dealing with engine fires and doors unexpectedly flying open.

Affected vehicles include 2014 Ford Fiesta, 2013-14 Ford Fusion and 2013-14 Lincoln MKZ vehicles. It will mail customers instructions on how to check and refill coolant. That can lead to a crack in the cylinder head, which could lead to a pressurized oil leak and that could result in an engine fire.

So far, there have been 29 reported fires but no injuries.

If parts are available, dealers will install a coolant level sensor and a warning light on the dashboard telling owners if the coolant level is low, Weigandt said. Consumers can drive their vehicles but should contact a dealer if they notice a coolant leak.

In the second major recall, an expansion of a previous one, Ford reports it needs to replace faulty door latches in more than 211,000 2014 Ford Fiestas, 2013-14 Ford Fusions, and 2013-14 Lincoln MKZs. Ford will replace all four door latches on every affected vehicle with a stronger version, which should prevent any spring tab breakage in the future.

Driving a auto that is on fire or that has doors popping open is impressive, but not recommended.

The truck recall effects about 548 vehicles that may experience driveline vibration caused by a powertrain system resonance condition that come on at speeds of more than 75 miles per hour, according to the automaker.

Ford has also issued a recall for 111 2017 Ford Edge cars to fix windshield header welds. Continued operation of a vehicle at these speeds could result in a resonance frequency that may fracture transmission and/or driveline components, Ford said. It affects only 548 vehicles. Ford said it not aware of any crashes or injuries associated with this issue.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the two-piece driveshaft with a three-piece driveshaft with two carrier bearings at no charge to the customer.

Ford will resolve the problem by repairing the windshield header.