Ford Motor Co., the second largest US automaker, on Wednesday announced two new recalls affecting 440,000 vehicles and expects to spend about $295 million to fix the issues.
The first recall involves 210,000 vehicles in the US because the engines could pose the risk of an under-hood fire.
The first and largest recall affects the 2014 Escape, 2014-2015 Fiesta ST, 2013-2015 Transit Connect and 2013-2014 Fusion equipped with the 1.6-liter GTDI engines, otherwise known as the 1.6-liter EcoBoost.
Ford plans to mail customers instructions from the owner's manual on how to check and refill coolant.
The company says engines can overheat, causing the cylinder head to crack and leak oil that can catch fire.
Ford says it is aware of 29 reports of fire associated with the issue in both the United States and Canada, but no injuries.
Owners of the impacted vehicles will receive reminders from Ford on how to properly maintain coolant levels.
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Customers can continue to drive the vehicles, but should see their dealer if their vehicle exhibits a coolant leak, overheating or frequently needs coolant added.
The company is also expanding a previous recall on faulty door latches to include an additional 211,000 cars. In September, Ford said it was taking a $640 million charge for its expanded side-door latch recalls.
In October, NHTSA opened a preliminary investigation into 440,000 Ford 2011-2013 Edge SUVs over door latch warning light issues.
Driving a vehicle that is on fire or that has doors popping open is impressive, but not recommended.
Driving the vehicles at that pace can create a resonance frequency that may fracture the transmission and other driveline components.
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. Dealerships will replace the current two-piece driveshaft in favor of a three-piece unit with two center bearing brackets.
Ford will resolve the problem by repairing the windshield header.