Ford issues four recalls, covering over 665K vehicles

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The Ford Motor Company has issued four separate recalls on a variety of vehicles sold in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.

A total of over 665,000 vehicles are affected by these recalls, ranging from seat-belt issues to corrosion in the battery junction boxes.

In a release Friday morning, the Dearborn-based automaker said there were no collisions, serious injuries, or deaths reported as a result of any of these problems.

The most wide-ranging issue affects about 550,000 vehicles sold throughout North America. Ford said a missing component in the seat-belt mechanism may compromise restraint, and increase the likelihood of injury in a crash. The affected vehicles, under the Ford reference code of 19-C-07, include the following:

  • 2018-19 Ford F-150 pickup trucks built between September 2018 and August 2019 at the Dearborn and Kansas City plants
  • 2019-20 Ford F-Series Super Duty pickup trucks built between September 2018 and August 2019 at the Kentucky and Ohio assembly plants
  • 2018-19 Ford Explorers built at Chicago Assembly from September 2018 to March 2019
  • 2019-20 Ford Expeditions built at Kentucky between October 2018 and July 2019
  • 2020 Ford Explorers built at Chicago between November 2018 and August 2019
  • 2020 Lincoln Aviators built at Chicago between April and June of this year

The second recall involves select 2012-13 Ford Fiestas sold in six Canadian provinces, including Ontario. The automaker said the problem involved potential battery-box corrosion.

“In affected vehicles, battery junction-box relay or fuse corrosion can lead to a loss of low-beam headlamps and daytime running lamps while driving,” read the recall notice from Ford.

The Fiestas in question were built at the Cuautitlán Assembly Plant in Mexico between June 2011 and April 2013. About 13,500 vehicles are covered in this notice. The Ford reference code is 19-S-28.

The third recall involves about 99,000 Ford Fusion, Ford Edge and Lincoln MKZ vehicles built between 2014 and 2016. Ford said these vehicles may not have the proper application of wax coating to prevent corrosion in the steering system. The reference number is 19-S-26.

“This may result in the steering gear motor becoming loose or detaching from the gear housing, although the steering gear motor will not separate from the vehicle,” read the recall notice.

The fourth and final recall notice calls attention to an issue in the brake system for over 2,600 2019 Ford Fiestas, reference number 19-S-27. The notice stated, however, that only 50 of the vehicles have been delivered to customers.

“A leaking brake calliper could eventually result in reduced braking function or drag, which could lead to the overheating of the brake pads, increasing the risk of a crash,” read the recall.

As with all recalls, customers are asked to bring their vehicles into a Ford service centre, where they will be inspected and repaired free of charge. For more in-depth information on all four recalls issued and to see if your vehicle is involved, visit the recall notice on Ford’s official website.