Last year we saw a number of vehicle recalls affecting a variety of companies, and we are only in the first month of 2012 and we have news of another one for you. Ford is to recall 539,000 vehicles globally and we have the affected models listed for you.
The second largest car maker in the US has announced plans to recall around 539,000 vehicles around the world. This recall will take place with two separate actions to fix faults that can lead to fires in certain SUVs, and a loss of power in some minivans according to a report.
Ford is to recall 286,000 Ford Escape SUVs that have the 2001 and 2002 model years. The car manufacturer is also recalling almost 253,000 Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey mini vans that affect the 2004 and 2005 model years.
The majority of the affected models are from the US, and the Escape recall is similar to a fix that was needed on the antilock brake system in 2007. Ford has said that some models may not have been fixed properly or completely inspected.
Some of the vehicles were fitted with a sub-standard brake master cylinder reservoir cap, which could result in the leaking of fluid. This may cause an electrical short in the antilock brake system that may lead to a fire or smoking.
Ford said that there had been no reports of injuries because of the problem, but there had been some vehicle damage. The faulty part was manufactured between October 1999 and July 2002 in a now closed factory. Owners are advised to park their vehicle outside away from buildings until a recall repair is performed.
The company is also recalling the Ford and Mercury minivans because of a defective torque converter. If this fails the vehicle may lose ‘motive’ power, or move the vehicle forward or backwards without any warning.