Ford recalls 570K vehicles over fire risk, door latch trouble

The first recall covers over 230,000 Escape SUVs Fiesta ST subcompacts Fusion midsize cars and Transit Connect vans with 1.6-Liter turbocharged engines from 2013 through 2015

These cars have a 1.6-lite, four-cylinder turbocharged engine.

The under-hood fire recall covers 230,000 2013-15 Ford Escape, Ford Fiesta ST, Ford Fusion and Ford Transit Connect vehicles equipped with 1.6-liter GTDI engines in North America.

The issue relates to the cooling system.

The company says engines can overheat, causing the cylinder head to crack and leak oil that can catch fire. If that happens, pressurized oil can leak through the crack, and if it hits a hot surface, could cause and engine fire.

At least vehicle 29 fires in the United States and Canada have been reported, but Ford said it is not aware of any injuries.

The company said it will mail customers instructions from the owner's manual on how to check and refill coolant.

When service kits are available, dealers will install a coolant level sensor with supporting hardware and software at no charge to the customer, Ford said.

Ford's second recall expands on an earlier recall involving door latches.

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Ford on Wednesday also expanded a door latch recall to almost 211,000 vehicles including 2014 Fiestas, 2013-14 Fusions and 2013-14 Lincoln MKZs. If it does, the door might not be able to close correctly.

No injuries have been reported in connection with the coolant issue.

The fix is rather easy.

In the latest recall a pawl in the door latch can break, either stopping the doors from closing or causing them to open while the cars are being driven.

Finally, the automaker said it is recalling about 548 2017 Ford F-450 and F-550 trucks to replace the driveshaft.

You can thank mechanical physics for this recall. Continued operation of a vehicle at these speeds could result in a resonance frequency that may fracture transmission and/or driveline components. The replaced driveshaft is said to fix the issue.

Ford's final recall of the bunch affects just 111 examples of the 2017 Edge crossover. Vehicles with an improperly welded windshield header may have reduced lateral structural integrity, potentially increasing the risk of injury in a side-impact crash. A total of 208,584 cars are affected in the United States.

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