Ford said Wednesday that it would fix defects in more than 441,000 vehicles in North America through separate recalls, including certain versions of the popular Escape sport-utility vehicle and Fusion sedan. Engines can overheat when coolants don't circulate properly, resulting in a crack in the cylinder head that allows oil to leak onto hot engine surfaces, the Dearborn-based automaker said. Ford (f) said it has reports of 29 fires but no injuries.
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In North America it includes Escape SUVs from the 2014 model year, plus the 2014 and 2015 compact Fiesta ST, the 2013 and 2014 Fusion midsize auto and the 2013 through 2015 Transit Connect small van.
Company officials are identifying a "lack of coolant circulation" as the culprit with those models. If vehicles leak coolant or overheat, they should be taken to a dealer, Weigandt said.
Ford will first send affected owners literature regarding checking and refilling coolant.
Auto industry giant Ford has issued safety recalls for almost half a million vehicles.
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The company is also recalling 211,000 2014 Fiesta and 2013 and 2014 Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles. Since 2014, the total number of vehicles Ford has recalled for various door-latch problems has topped 4 million. This is the fifth such recall, involving some 400,000 Escape vehicles in the United States, since the compact SUV made its debut for 2013.
Ford dealers will replace the two-piece driveshaft with a new three-piece driveshaft and two center bearing brackets at no charge to the customer.
Ford isn't aware of any accidents or injuries in the three other recalls. This recall reportedly already cost the company $640 million.
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