Ford recalls 570K vehicles for fire risk, door latch trouble

Posted March 30, 2017

The owner of a 2014 Ford Focus reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the vehicle caught fire in November 2016.

In the first, the Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker will recall 230,000 vehicles with 1.6-liter GTDI engines due to a rise of under-the-hood fires.

The company says engines can overheat, causing the cylinder head to crack and leak oil that can catch fire.

The automaker said it is aware of 29 reports of fire associated with this issue in the us and Canada.

Ford said it will mail to owners instructions on how to check and refill the coolant.

"Customers can continue to drive their vehicles, but should see their dealer if their vehicle exhibits a coolant leak, overheating or frequently needs coolant added", the company said in a news release Wednesday.

The company is also recalling 211,000 2014 Fiesta and 2013 and 2014 Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles.

In the affected vehicles, the pawl spring tab in the side door latch can break, causing the door not to close securely, and possibly open during driving.

Ford's second recall expands on an earlier recall involving door latches. Thankfully, Ford hasn't received any reports of injuries related to this issue.

Finally, Ford is recalling 111 2017 model year Edges for missing windshield header welds.

Finally, 548 units of the 2017 Ford F-450 and F-550 are being recalled to replace the driveshaft.

Driving a vehicle that is on fire or that has doors popping open is impressive, but not recommended. Ford said it had not recorded any crashes or injuries connected to the defect. Driving at speeds over 75 miles per hour can result in a resonance frequency that can facture the transmission along with driveline components.

Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with the issue. Dealers will swap out the two-piece driveshaft with a new three-piece driveshaft and install two center bearing brackets.

Dealers will fix windshield headers at no cost to the customer.