On April 29, Ford issued another recall, covering four different models in the Ford/Lincoln lineup, and one that directly effects more than 747,000 vehicles. It’s news we hate to hear, especially on the coattails of a series of recent rollouts, but for the sake of safety, it must be done. We’ve seen what happens when potential defects get swept under the carpet, only to reemerge later as a series of lawsuits and court hearings.
All told, 518,313 of the vehicles affected are badged under the 2013-2015 Ford Fusion and Lincoln’s MKZ models, along with the new 2015 Edge. This widespread recall is directly related to corroded bolts that thread into the steering-gear motor.
Corrosion from salted roads can lead to bolts shearing off, causing the steering system to default as the vehicle becomes tough to keep under control. The bolt-corrosion recall also involves vehicles sold in seven Canadian provinces. In its official statement, Ford says that “customers located in non-corrosion states or provinces will be covered by extended warranty if they experience similar concerns.”
Another recall in this latest series of setbacks surrounds fuel-pump seizures on the 2014 Focus, Edge, Escape, Transit Connect, and 2014 and 2015 Fiesta. This issue has been traced back to faulty nickel plating near the fuel pump, which could either prevent vehicles from starting or cause them to stall out unexpectedly.
Ford reports that thus far, there has only been one known accident that could be related to this issue, and while no injuries were reported, the company thinks it best to cover its bases and is recalling 50,157 cars in total for this potentially dangerous malfunction.
The remaining recalls prove to be much smaller in size. One of them only involves 91 of Ford’s new 2015 F-150 trucks that were built at the company’s Dearborn Truck Plant.
Ford says that during a couple of days in January of this year, the installation of an under-body heat shield was not done properly, and some vehicles may be missing the shield altogether. According to Ford, if this vital piece of protection is missing or is not installed according to design, the truck runs a greater risk of catching fire.
This latest headache is proving to be yet another thorn in Ford’s side, seeing that the company just recalled the 2013-2014 Fusion and MKZ just days prior to this current debacle.
In this MKZ/Fusion recall, a latch issue was blamed for doors flinging open while driving, giving great cause for concern to anyone wanting to stay within the confines of the car’s cabin. Meanwhile, a followup recall of 156,000 cars just a day later was announced for the 2011-2014 Fiesta, as it has the same issue, thus bumping Ford’s total recall count for this week to a whopping 747,000 vehicles.
But what we find to be most disheartening about this latest round of rescinding is that this officially marks the ninth recall of the 2014 Escape, a car that we really want to like but cannot condone purchasing if this kind of thing keeps on happening. Fortunately for Ford, there have been no reports of accidents correlating to the other three recalls, and outside of the single fuel pump-related accident, the company looks to be nipping this problem in the bud before it turns into a full-blown fiasco.
The final issue being called into question lies within the recalling of Lincoln’s 2015 MKZ, due to its parking lamps being brighter than Department of Transportation regulations allow. While this may sound like a silly qualm to some, an overly bright bulb has the potential to hamper the vision of oncoming drivers, so Ford has played it safe and is bringing 22,616 MKZs back in for servicing due to this oversight.
Auto manufacturers have been issuing recalls for decades, and Ford’s current difficulties pale in comparison to the issues surrounding auto manufacturers and the recent Takata airbag blunder. And while many people are surely shaking their heads as they wonder how Ford could have overlooked such simplistic issues, it is worth noting that there have yet to be any injuries from these recalls.