Ford recalls 570K vehicles for fire risk, door latch trouble
01:08, Mar 30, 2017
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No injuries have been reported, but Ford said it has 29 reports of fires in the nation. Add a hot surface into the mix, and you introduce a chance of engine fires. She did not know if the company will fix coolant leaks, but said she would check.
Ford now doesn't have service kits available and told customers to continue to drive their vehicles. Instead, Ford will mail instructions to owners reminding them to check their coolant levels, refill the coolant, and schedule service if the coolant "frequently" needs to be topped off.
Ford issued recalls on Wednesday affecting more than 400,000 vehicles, one for a coolant circulation problem that can cause fires and another an expansion of a door-latch recall.
In the affected vehicles, the pawl spring tab in the side door latch could break.
Ford said there have been no injuries so far attributed to the bad latches, which can sometimes prevent the door from fully closing or cause it to open suddenly while the auto is in motion. This recall reportedly already cost the company $640 million. If it does, the door might not be able to close correctly. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in 2015 it had 1,102 reports related to the problem and Ford said it had 10,883 warranty claims related to door latch failures.
Ford also has a recall for a limited number of 2017 Ford F-450 and F-550 trucks to replace the drive shaft. Driving at speeds over 75 miles per hour can result in a resonance frequency that can facture the transmission along with driveline components. Dealerships will replace the current two-piece driveshaft in favor of a three-piece unit with two center bearing brackets.
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Ford said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with this issue in the vehicles included in this supplement to safety action 15S16.
Fracture of the transmission and/or driveline components may result in a loss of motive power without warning while driving, or unintended vehicle movement in park if the parking brake is not applied, increasing the risk of injury or crash.
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