On Wednesday, car manufacturer Ford Motor Company announced that it was issuing two major safety recalls, affecting as many as 441,000 cars sold in North America. The first Ford safety recall is for an "under-hood fire risk" in certain models, affecting 230,000 cars. The second safety recall is actually an expansion on a previous recall involving faulty side door latches. Which cars are affected by the Ford recalls? As it turns out, a number of popular Ford models are affected by the two recalls, but only certain model years. Romper reached out to Ford for additional comment and has not yet received a response.
As noted in its recall statement, Ford is aware of 29 incidents involving under-hood fires, but no injuries have been reported. The under-hood fire issues affects certain model years of cars with 1.6-liter GTDI engines. According to the recall statement, the specific under-hood fire issue affects 208,584 cars in the United States. The recall issue is related to insufficient coolant levels, and Ford has said it will mail customers "instructions from the owner’s manual on how to check and refill coolant." A service kit is not yet available for this recall issue (which includes installing coolant level sensor hardware and software update) but will be free of charge to Ford customers as soon as it is.
The faulty door latch recall issue from Ford affects 191,432 cars sold in the United States, and expands upon six previous side-door latch recalls from Ford since 2014, affecting over 4 million vehicles on the road. According to its recall statement, Ford is not aware of any injuries or accidents associated with this specific safety recall.
Here's the rundown on the cars affected by Ford's recall. Owners can also head to Ford's website to check if your car is affected by the recall.
2013–14 Ford Fusion Midsize Sedan
Ford Fusions made at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant between June and Oct. 2013 are at risk for faulty side-door latches. Certain models of the 2013 and 2014 Fusions made at the Hermosillo Assembly Plant between February 2012 and June 2014 are affected by both the faulty side-door latch and under-hood fire recalls.
2013-15 Ford Fiesta Compact Car
Like the Fusion, certain model years of the Fiesta are affected by both recalls. The Ford Fiesta ST vehicles manufactured Cuautitlan Assembly Plant between Jan. 2013 and May 27, 2014 are at risk for under-hood fires. Fiestas made at the same plant between June and October 2013 are subject to the side-door latch recall.
2014 Ford Escape SUV
Ford Escapes manufactured at the Louisville Assembly Plant between February 2013 and September 2014 are at risk for under-hood fires.
2013-14 Lincoln MKZ Sedan
Lincoln MKZs made at the Hermosillo Assembly Plant between June 2013 and October 2013 are part of the side-door latch recall.
2013-15 Ford Transit Connect Vans
Ford Transit Connect vans made at the Valencia Assembly Plant between June 2013 and December 2014 are at risk for under-hood fires.