Ford on Tuesday revealed that it is recalling over 100,000 vehicles for various issues, ranging from improperly installed right-hand halfshafts to panoramic glass roof issues and leaky fuel tanks. A Ford spokesperson confirmed to Reuters that the company is not aware of any injuries or deaths relating to any of the problems.
The bulk of the vehicles, consisting of 92,000 2013-2014 Ford Taurus sedans, the Ford Flex crossover, the Lincoln MKS sedan and Lincoln MKT crossovers, as well as the 2012-2014 Ford Edge and 2014 Lincoln MKX SUVs. That’s for the halfshafts, which run from the transaxle in the middle of the car to the right and left front wheels; Ford says that the halfshafts could slip out of place, and cause unexpected and unwelcome movement of the vehicle.
A total of 5,264 model year 2011-2014 Ford F59 Commercial Stripped Chassis vehicles are being recalled, for concerns that the electrical system may short-circuit and possibly lead to a fire, though none have so far been reported, the company said.
Ford is also bringing in 2,100 Ford Escape crossover SUVs — that’s for the panoramic sunroofs, which were reportedly not glued properly during assembly. The poor Ford Escape has been the subject of numerous recalls since the new generation was released, including a recall campaign for 692,700 of the SUVs for issues pertaining to its doorhandles back in early May. Potential fire concerns have also plagued the car.
Finally, Ford is calling in just 200 Ford Fiesta compact cars from the 2014 model year, for issues related to the leaky fuel tanks, and 368 Transit Connect vans from the 2014 model year only in Puerto Rico due to a fluid reservoir cap issue. About about 600 Ford F52 Motorhome Stripped Chassis and F59 Commercial Stripped Chassis vehicles that have a potential issue with the brakes round out the recall efforts.
Though Ford is still well behind General Motors as far as recall volume this year, there is an upward trend of safety recalls as more technology and features are causing more potential problems among newer cars, tied with increased accountability for safety issues. GM has recalled nearly 30 million cars so far this year, more than the entire industry did last year, in order to ensure that its products wouldn’t become a liability.
Increased recall activity could pose issues if it gets too out of hand for Ford, especially this year, as it’s planning on releasing 23 new products around the world. Recalls can be excessively taxing on automakers to begin with (as GM will attest), even without the added weight of the most ambitious launch schedule in its 100-plus year history.
Though assembly is to blame for these recent issues, suppliers have been in the hot seat recently as well. Millions of cars spanning seven major automakers are being recalled for defective Takata Corp.-made airbag units, which can conceivably send shrapnel into the cabin in the event of an accident. Ford was among the seven, though only 58,669 units were affected.