Ford Recalls 440K Vehicles Over Fire Risk, Door Latch Issues

Ford Recalls 440K Vehicles Over Fire Risk, Door Latch Issues

Ford Motor Co. today announced it will spend up to $295 million to fix two separate issues affecting 440,000 vehicles in North America.

The first recall covers 230,000 Ford Escape, Ford Fiesta ST, Ford Fusion and Ford Transit Connect vehicles. The company says engines can overheat due to a lack of coolant circulation, causing the cylinder head to crack and leak oil that can catch fire. The second recall affects 211,000 vehicles that may have faulty door latches.

“Customers can continue to drive their vehicles, but should see their dealer if their vehicle exhibits a coolant leak, overheating or frequently needs coolant added,” the company said in a news release. “When service kits are available, dealers will install a coolant level sensor with supporting hardware and software at no charge to the customer.”

The United States’ second largest automaker had previously recalled nearly 4 million vehicles for door latch issues. This includes recalling 2.4 million vehicles in late 2016. In October, the NHTSA opened a preliminary investigation into 440,000 Ford vehicles over door latch warning light issues. However, today the agency said it would be closing the investigation without seeking a recall.

Ford isn’t the only automaker to be hit with recalls in recent months. Car manufacturers including Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Daimler, Ferrari, Ford and Honda have been affected by the Takata airbag scandals. Last month, BMW announced it would recall more than 230,000 vehicles in the United States that may have been fitted with faulty airbag inflators by Takata Corp. The same week, Honda India announced a voluntary recall of 41,580 vehicles in the country for the replacement of Takata airbags.

On Tuesday, Ford also announced it will spend $1.2bn (£1bn) as part of a planned upgrade of three Michigan plants. In a statement on the company’s website, it revealed plans to create or retain 130 jobs and invest $150 million to expand capacity for engine components for several vehicles.

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