Ford to Reclaim 440k Vehicles Due To Fire Risk And Door Latch Trouble
Ford is planning on recalling over 570,000 models of several of its SUV vehicles in Europe and North America, in order to fix problems which are leading to engine fire and unexpected door openings. The company announced on Wednesday, that these recalls for fixing the anomalies will cut over $295 million of pretax earnings.
This recall includes more than 360,000 cars in Europe and North America. It covers Escape SUV models of 2013, 2014 and 2015 Fiesta ST, 2013 and 2014 Fusion and 2013-2015’s Transit connect van in North America. In Europe, ford will cover 2010-2015 C-Max hybrid, 2013-2015 Connect van. All these models come with a four-cylinder 1.6-liter turbocharged engine. The design lacked a coolant circulation which is speculated to be the cause of fire generation in these vehicles. More than 29 fire reports have been filed in Canada and US.
Elizabeth Weigandt, Ford’s spokeswoman assured customers that they can continue to use the vehicle. However, they should get a coolant installed as soon as possible, and should stay cautious of any engine heating problems. Ford is recalling 2,11,000 vehicles, including 2014 Fiesta, 2013-14 Fusion and Lincoln MKZ, due to multiple door latch problems.
Ford recalled over 2.3 million cars last year, due to the same door latch problem, which included Ford Focus, Escape and C-Max. In the last three years, Ford has witnessed over 3 million recalls due to door latch problem, which results in regular investigation of the company by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Ford’s last year’s recall for the same problem, costed over $640 million loss to the company.