DETROIT — Ford is recalling about 2.5 million automobiles in the U.S., Canada and elsewhere due to a nagging door latch drawback and a brake fluid leak.
The door latch recall covers 2.15 million automobiles, SUVs and vans in the U.S. The latches can fail and trigger the doorways to open whereas the automobiles are transferring. It’s the third recall for the identical drawback.
Ford is also recalling practically 344,000 F-150 pickups in the U.S. and Canada to repair a fluid leak from the brake grasp cylinder. The firm says the drawback has precipitated seven low-speed crashes with two accidents.
The firm stated Wednesday the earlier door latch recalls have been carried out due to faulty pawl spring tabs that would crack and fail in excessive temperatures. Usually the doorways received’t shut if there’s a failure, but when they do shut, they may open once more whereas the automobiles are in movement. The beforehand recalled automobiles could not have had the latches changed, or repairs could not have been carried out accurately, the firm stated in a press release.
Owners can have the choice to examine the latch date codes and verify on-line to see if the two earlier recalls have been carried out accurately or if additional service is required. Those who don’t wish to do the inspection, and people whose latches must be changed will probably be advised to go to sellers.
The recall covers automobiles in the U.S. and contains the 2012-2015 Ford Focus, the 2013-2014 Ford Fusion, the 2011-2014 Ford Fiesta, and the 2013-2015 Ford Escape and C-Max. Also coated are the 2013 and 2014 Lincoln MKZ, the 2015 Lincoln MKC, the 2015 Ford Mustang and the 2014-2016 Ford Transit Connect van. Not each recalled car from these mannequin years will probably be included.
The brake fluid recall covers sure 2014 by way of 2017 F-150s in the U.S. and Canada. The F-Series pickups are the top-selling automobiles in the United States.
All the recalled vans have 3.5-liter turbocharged engines. Ford says fluid can leak from the grasp cylinder for the front-wheel circuit. Depending on how a lot fluid is misplaced, the entrance brakes might lose a lot of their stopping capacity, however the rear brakes would nonetheless work. That can lengthen stopping distances and presumably trigger a crash.
Ford says in a press release the driver would hear a chime or get a warning gentle on the dashboard. It might additionally take extra strain on the pedal to cease the vans.
Dealers will exchange the brake grasp cylinder and the brake booster whether it is leaking.
In 2016, Ford recalled the 2013 and 2014 variations of the vans for the identical drawback. That identical 12 months, the authorities opened an investigation to see if the recall ought to have coated extra mannequin years. The investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stays open.