Ford Recalls Nearly 435,000 Cars And SUVsBy: Tina Volpe - April 8, 2014
In two of the biggest recalls as of late, Mazda just had one which doesn’t come close in numbers, comes from the Ford Motor Company, who is recalling nearly 435,000 cars and SUVs on Monday.
The bigger of the two recalls includes nearly 386,000 Ford Escapes from the 2001 through 2004 model years. Ford says the sub-frames can rust endangering the steering control, which is due to a possible control arm separation. Ford is aware of one crash but no injuries were linked to the problem.
The recalled Ford Escapes were sold or registered, originally, in 20 states that include Washington, D.C., where salt is used on roads to clear ice and snow. Six Canadian provinces also are included due to this salt, which appears to be causing rust.
When the vehicles are brought in for this massive recall repair, dealers will install a reinforcement brace to fix the problem.
The Escapes in question were built and assembled from October 22, 1999 through December 19, 2003 in Kansas City at the Ford assembly plant and at the Ohio assembly plant for vehicles built from May 1, 2003 through January 23, 2004, Ford said in a statement issued Monday.
They were originally sold or registered in Connecticut, Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, Delaware, Maine, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Vermont, Indiana, Michigan, New York, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. Also covered are Escapes sold or registered in Ontario, Quebec, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland & Labrador.
“Customers located in other states who routinely operate their vehicles in one of these areas, or customers with vehicles showing evidence of this condition can request to be included through their dealer,” Kelli Felker, a Ford spokeswoman, wrote in an email to The Times.
There was, however, a second recall, involving 49,000 vehicles that include the Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ, Ford Escape and C-MAX vehicles from 2013 and 2014. Ford said the seat backs might have substandard welds joining the recliner mechanism to the seat back frame, increasing the risk of injury in a crash.
And almost 43,000 of the 49,000 recalled vehicles were sold in the United States, with about 4,700 in Canada and almost 1,100 in Mexico.
The total number of cars included in the recall includes about 26,500 Escapes, 17,000 Fusions, almost 4,000 C-Max crossovers and nearly 1,300 MKZs.
People who own these vehicles should expect the dealer to replace seat back frames that weren’t welded properly.
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