Recalls: Ford issues recall for 101,000 cars, 12 models over a variety of concerns

Ford announced another recall for some 101,000 vehicles total in North America as a precautionary measure as no accidents or injuries have been reported.

While a variety of models were recalled over a range of issues, the largest portion of the recall involves some 92,022 vehicles in North America with 83,250 cars in the US specifically. This part involves the Ford Taurus, Lincoln MKS, Ford Interceptor, Ford Flex, and the Lincoln MKT from 2013-2014 model years. Additionally, it includes the 2012-2014 Ford Edge and the 2014 Lincoln MKX. All suffer from a potential issue with the passenger-side half-shaft, which might not be seated properly and could dislodge itself over time. If the shaft moves too far off position, it will not allow power to be transferred from the differential to the wheel, causing driveability problems.

Another part of the campagin includes the 2014 Ford Escape, with 2,124 North American cars recalled from problems with the panoramic sunroof. Some F53 and F59 Commercial chassis models are also recalled for problems with corrosion with an electrical junction box and incorrectly machined brake calipers. Some 368 Ford Transit Connect vans are recalled from 2014 in Puerto Rico over a mislabeling with the brake reservoir cap label.

And lastly, 197 North American Fiestas are recalled for a possible issue with the fuel tank where an adhesive layer wasn’t applied on the tank, leading to a leak.

All problems will be fixed free of charge by Ford.

Check out the press release after the jump.

Ford Issues Safety Recall for Certain 2012-2014 Taurus/MKS/Interceptor, Flex/MKT, Edge/MKX Vehicles in North America for Potential Halfshaft Disengagement

Ford is issuing a safety recall for approximately 92,000 (actual 92,022) 2013-2014MY Taurus/MKS/Interceptor sedans and Flex/MKT vehicles, 2012-2014 MY Edge vehicles, and 2014 MY MKX vehicles for a potential issue with the right-hand halfshaft. In some of the affected vehicles, the circlip that retains the right-hand halfshaft to the linkshaft may not have been fully seated during assembly. A halfshaft that is not fully seated may move outward over time. If the halfshaft becomes fully disengaged from the linkshaft, vehicles may experience loss of drive function. Additionally, this condition may result in unexpected vehicle movement if the gearshift is placed in Park without the parking brake being activated. No accidents or injuries have been attributed to this condition.

Dealers will inspect to verify the right-hand halfshaft is fully inserted and retained on the linkshaft. If the halfshaft is not fully inserted, dealers will replace the linkshaft and replace the halfshaft if it is damaged.
Affected vehicles include:
• Taurus/MKS: 2013-2014MY vehicles with a 3.5L AWD powertrain built at Chicago Assembly Plant August 25, 2011 – November 30, 2013.
• Police Interceptor Sedan: 2013-2014MY vehicles with 3.5L GTDI AWD, 3.5L & 3.7L TiVCT FWD & AWD powertrains built at Chicago Assembly Plant August 25, 2011 – November 30, 2013
• Flex/MKT: 2013-2014MY with the 3.5L GTDI AWD powertrain built at Oakville Assembly Plant September 12, 2011 – November 29, 2013.
• Edge: 2012 – 2014MY with the 2.0L GTDI FWD powertrain built at Oakville Assembly Plant September 2, 2010- November 29, 2013
• Edge/MKX: 2014MY with the 3.5L & 3.7L TiVCT AWD powertrain built at Oakville Assembly Plant September 2, 2010 – November 29, 2013
As of June 23, 2014, approximately 83,000 are in the U.S. and federalized territories (actual 83,250). Approximately 8,200 are in Canada (actual 8,173) and approximately 600 are in Mexico (actual 599).

Ford Issues Safety Recall for Certain 2014 Ford Escape Vehicles for Potential Issue with Panorama Roof Glass

Ford is issuing a safety recall for approximately 2,100 (actual 2,124) 2014MY Ford Escape vehicles in North America for a potential issue with panorama roof glass that may have an improperly cured urethane bond between the glass and the attaching bracket. A panorama roof glass assembly with an improperly cured urethane bond may result in noise, water leak, or separation of the glass panel from the vehicle, potentially increasing the risk of an accident or injury. No accidents or injuries have been attributed to this condition.
Dealers will replace the front roof glass panel if the date and sequence number located on the glass label fall within the suspect build range. Affected vehicles include certain 2014 Ford Escape vehicles built October 15, 2013 – October 22, 2013 at the Louisville Assembly Plant. As of June 23, 2014, approximately 1,870 are in the U.S. and federalized territories (actual 1,867). Approximately 140 (actual 143) are in Canada and approximately 115 (actual 114) are in Mexico.

Ford Issues Safety Recall for Certain 2014 Ford Fiesta Vehicles in North America for Potential Fuel Tank Issue

Ford is issuing a safety recall for approximately 200 (actual 197) 2014MY Ford Fiesta vehicles in North America for a potential issue with the fuel tank. Fuel tanks built during a specific time period at the supplier may be missing an adhesive layer. Without this adhesive layer, a fuel tank may leak fuel from a seam. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire.
No accidents, injuries or fires have been attributed to this condition.

Dealers will replace the fuel tank at no cost to the customer. Affected vehicles include certain 2014 Ford Fiesta vehicles built October 25, 2013 – February 27, 2014 at the Cuautitlan Assembly Plant. As of June 23, 2014, 175 are in the U.S. and federalized territories. 12 are in Canada and 10 are in Mexico.

Ford Issues Safety Recall for Certain 2011-2014 F59 Commercial Stripped Chassis Vehicles for Potential Junction Block Issue

Ford is issuing a safety recall for approximately 5,250 (actual 5,264) 2011-2014MY Ford F59 Commercial Stripped Chassis vehicles in North America for a potential issue with the junction block. Some of the affected vehicles may contain an electrical junction block that, if operated in a corrosive environment associated with road salt, can form a conductive path between the junction block and the mounting bracket that may lead to a short circuit. As a result, the driver may experience smoke coming from the right front wheel well, a loss of electrical power, or potentially a fire, with or without the engine running. No accidents or injuries have been attributed to this condition.

Dealers will replace the junction block with an improved design at no cost to the customer. Affected vehicles include certain 2011-2014 F59 Commercial stripped chassis vehicles built at the Detroit Chassis plant December 17, 2009 – April 30, 2014. As of June 23, 2014, approximately 4,850 are in the U.S. and federalized territories (actual 4,867). Approximately 400 are in Canada (actual 397).

Ford Issues Safety Recall for Certain 2014 F53 and F59 Stripped Chassis Vehicles for Potential Brake Caliper Issue

Ford is issuing a safety recall for approximately 600 (actual 635) 2014MY Ford F53 Motorhome Stripped Chassis and F59 Commercial Stripped Chassis vehicles in North America for a potential issue with the brake calipers. Some of the affected vehicles may contain brake calipers that may have been incorrectly machined and could result in a leak between the piston and piston bore. The leak may result in the loss of braking performance in one of the two brake system hydraulic circuits. If this leak occurs, the operator would experience longer brake pedal travel and increased stopping distances, potentially increasing the risk of a crash. No accidents or injuries have been attributed to this condition.

Dealers will inspect the brake calipers and replace those with affected cast lot and build date codes at no cost to the customer. Affected vehicles include certain 2014 F53 Motorhome and F59 Commercial stripped chassis vehicles built at the Detroit Chassis plant February 14, 2014 – March 7, 2014. As of June 23, 2014, all of the affected vehicles are in the U.S. and federalized territories.

Ford Issues Safety Non-Compliance Recall for Certain 2014 Transit Connect Vehicles in Puerto Rico for Brake Fluid Reservoir Cap Issue

Ford is issuing a recall for approximately 370 (actual 368) 2014MY Ford Transit Connect vehicles to address a non-compliance issue with the brake fluid reservoir cap in Puerto Rico. The brake reservoir cap on the affected vehicles does not conform to the FMVSS 135 brake system labeling requirement. Certain 2014MY Ford Transit Connect vehicles were shipped to Puerto Rico with a European brake reservoir pictogram cap label, which does not contain the text mandated by FMVSS 135. No accidents or injuries have been attributed to this condition.

Dealers will replace the brake reservoir cap with an FMVSS 135 compliant cap at no cost to the customer. Affected vehicles include certain 2014 Ford Transit Connect vehicles built at the Valencia (Spain) Assembly Plant March 1, 2014 – May 15, 2014. As of June 23, 2014, all affected vehicles are in Puerto Rico.


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