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NEWS: Ford is recalling certain 2013-2014 Ford C-Max; Ford Fusion; Ford Escape and Lincoln MKZ vehicles; RESTRAINT CONTROL MODULE (RCM) 
Report Receipt Date: SEP 26, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V597000 
Component(s): RESTRAINT CONTROL MODULE (RCM)
Potential Number of Units Affected: 746,842 

OCT 2014 -- Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Ford C-Max vehicles manufactured January 19, 2012, to November 21, 2013; Ford Fusion vehicles manufactured February 3, 2012, to August 24, 2013; Ford Escape vehicles manufactured October 5, 2011, to November 1, 2013; and Lincoln MKZ vehicles manufactured April 25, 2012, to September 30, 2013. The coating on portions of the Restraint Control Module (RCM) may crack, and when exposed to humidity, circuits on the printed circuit board may short. The short circuits could cause the frontal air bags, side curtain air bags and the seat belt pretensioners to not function as intended when needed, increasing the risk of occupant injury in the event of a crash. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the RCM, free of charge. Parts are not currently available. Owners will be sent an interim notification in mid-November 2014. A second notification will be sent when the remedy parts are available. Ford's number for this recall is 14S21. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Ford recalls 850,000 vehicles for electronic glitch
Detroit News  @ September 26, 2014

SEPT 2014 -- Ford Motor Co. said Friday it is recalling 850,000 vehicles because an electrical glitch could prevent the air bags from deploying in a crash.

The Dearborn automaker said in a statement Friday that is recalling some 2013-14 Ford C-MAX, Fusion, Escape and Lincoln MKZ vehicles in North America for an issue with the restraints control module.

The recall includes 745,000 vehicles in the United States, 82,000 in Canada and 20,000 in Mexico.

The module may experience a short circuit, Ford said.

“If a short circuit occurs, the airbag warning indicator will illuminate. Depending on the location of the short circuit, the deployable restraint systems (e.g., airbags, pretensioners, side curtains) may not function as intended in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury. The short circuit may also affect the function of other systems that use data from the restraints control module, including stability control,” Ford said.

The recall includes the 2013 Escape — which in a short period has become one of Ford's most recalled vehicles.

This marks the 12th recall for various versions of the 2013 Escape and Ford has issued 41 technical service bulletins for various problems.

Ford said it is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to this condition. Dealers will replace the restraints control module.

Automakers this year have recalled millions of vehicles because the airbags could fail to deploy. The auto industry has recalled a record setting more than 45 million vehicles this year — breaking the all-time record of 30.8 million vehicles recalled set in 2004.

The new Ford recall includes 2013-2014 C-MAX vehicles built at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne from Jan. 19, 2012 to Nov. 21, 2013; some 2013-2014 Fusion vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant, Feb. 3, 2012 to Aug. 24, 2013; some 2013-14 Escape vehicles built at Louisville Assembly Plant, Oct. 5, 2011 to Nov. 1, 2013; and some 2013-14 Lincoln MKZ vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant, April 25, 2012 to Sept. 30, 2013.

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NEWS: Ford is recalling certain 2014 Ford Focus, 2014 Ford Escape and 2015 Lincoln MKC vehicles; AIR BAGS 
Report Receipt Date: SEP 02, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V525000 
Component(s): 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 301 

OCT 2014 -- Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2014 Ford Focus vehicles manufactured May 1, 2014, to May 24, 2014, 2014 Ford Escape vehicles manufactured on June 6, 2014, and 2015 Lincoln MKC vehicles manufactured June 4, 2014, to July 7, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the Fuel Delivery Module (FDM) may crack between the filter body and the filter cap, possibly resulting in low fuel pressure. A reduction in fuel pressure may result in a vehicle stall, increasing the risk of a crash. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the FDM, free of charge. The recall began in September 2014. Ford's number for this recall is 14S20. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Ford is recalling certain 2015 Ford F-650 SD trucks; FUEL SYSTEM, DIESEL 
Report Receipt Date: SEP 02, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V524000 
Component(s): FUEL SYSTEM, DIESEL 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,673 

OCT 2014 -- Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2015 Ford F-650 SD trucks manufactured May 12, 2014, to July 22, 2014 and Ford F-750 SD trucks manufactured May 12, 2014, to August 4, 2014. The Cummins ISB or ISL engines in these vehicles may have been equipped with Fleetguard UFF-XT fuel filters, part number FF63009, whose filter shell may separate from the fuel filter nut plate causing the engine to stall without warning. If the engine stalls unexpectedly there is an increased risk of a crash. Cummins will notify the owners of the affected Ford vehicles, and Cummins service centers will replace the fuel filter with a non-defective one, free of charge. Cummins has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 14V01. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Ford is recalling certain model year 2015 Lincoln MKC vehicles; WINDSHEILD
Report Receipt Date: AUG 06, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V484000 
Component(s): WINDSHEILD
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,139 

SEPT 2014 -- Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2015 Lincoln MKC vehicles manufactured August 20, 2013, to June 6, 2014. The affected vehicles may have visible air bubbles in the windshield glass. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 205, "Glazing Materials." Air bubbles in the windshield could impact the driver's visibility, increasing the risk of a crash. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the windshields for air bubbles, replacing them as necessary, free of charge. The recall began in August 2014. Ford's number for this recall is 14C07. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Ford is recalling certain model year 2015 Transit cargo vans; SLIDING DOOR
Report Receipt Date: AUG 06, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V483000 
Component(s): SLIDING DOOR
Potential Number of Units Affected: 592 

SEPT 2014 -- Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2015 Transit cargo vans without rear seating positions manufactured March 12, 2014, to June 24, 2014 and equipped with windowless sliding doors. The affected vehicles may have been manufactured without the epoxy reinforcement on the windowless sliding doors. A sliding door without the epoxy reinforcement has an increased potential of unlatching in certain side impact crashes. A door that unlatches may open, allowing for a vehicle occupant to be ejected in a crash, increasing the risk of injury. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will install a reinforcement plate into the windowless sliding door, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin around September 22, 2014. Ford's number for this recall is 14S16. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Ford is recalling certain model year 2015 Transit vehicles; SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC 
Report Receipt Date: AUG 06, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V482000 
Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,290 

SEPT 2014 -- Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2015 Transit vehicles manufactured April 3, 2014, to May 27, 2014. Brake fluid may leak from the brake hose/caliper junctions at the rear of the vehicle. A brake fluid leak may lengthen the distance needed to stop the vehicle. If both of the rear brake junctions leak, there may a complete loss of braking. Either of these scenarios increase the risk of a crash. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the sealing washers on both rear brake caliper to brake hose joints, free of charge. The recall began in August 2014. Ford's number for this recall is 14S15. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Ford is recalling certain 2013-2014 Escape and Focus ST vehicles; ENGINE WIRING HARNESS
Report Receipt Date: AUG 11, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V495000 
Component(s): ENGINE WIRING HARNESS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 133,227 

SEPT 2014 -- Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Escape vehicles manufactured October 5, 2011, to April 1, 2013, and equipped with 2.0 liter engines and Focus ST vehicles manufactured February 14, 2012, to October 14, 2013, and equipped with 2.0 liter engines. Insufficient compression in the engine wiring harness splices to the Manifold Absolute Pressure (MAP) sensor may provide incorrect signals to the powertrain control module (PCM). The incorrect signals could cause the vehicle to hesitate or the engine to stall, increasing the risk of a crash. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the current crimped splices with new splices, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 29, 2014. Ford's number for this recall is 14S17. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Ford is recalling certain 2014 Transit Connect vehicles;  BRAKES
Report Receipt Date: JUL 02, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V406000 
Component(s): BRAKES
Potential Number of Units Affected: 368 

AUG 2014 -- Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2014 Transit Connect vehicles manufactured March 1, 2014, through May 15, 2014. The affected vehicles may have a brake reservoir cap that does not have the required text advising owners which brake fluid the vehicle uses. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 135, "Light Vehicle Brake Systems." Without the correct brake reservoir label on the cap someone may add the wrong brake fluid, causing damage to the brake system seals, resulting in brake fluid leaks, lengthened stopping distances and increasing the risk of a crash. Ford has notified owners. Dealers will replace the brake reservoir cap with a correct one, free of charge. The recall began on July 14, 2014. Ford's number for this recall is 14C06. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Ford is recalling certain 2014 Ford Escape vehicles; PANORAMA ROOF GLASS
Report Receipt Date: JUL 02, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V403000 
Component(s): PANORAMA ROOF GLASS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,867

AUG 2014 -- Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2014 Ford Escape vehicles manufactured October 15, 2013, through October 22, 2013. The panorama roof glass may not be properly bonded to the attaching bracket. If the glass panel is improperly bonded, the glass may separate from the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash or injury. Ford has notified owners. Dealers will inspect each vehicle and replace the front roof glass if its production date and sequence number falls within the affected range, free of charge. The recall is began on July 14, 2014. Ford's number for this recall is 14S13. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov

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NEWS: Ford is recalling certain 2014 Ford Fiesta vehicles; FUEL LEAK
Report Receipt Date: JUL 02, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V402000 
Component(s): FUEL LEAK
Potential Number of Units Affected: 175 

AUG 2014 -- Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2014 Ford Fiesta vehicles manufactured October 25, 2013, to February 27, 2014. Due to a manufacturing error, the fuel tank may leak. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire. Ford has notified the affected owners. Dealers will replace the fuel tank, free of charge. The recall began on July 14, 2014. Ford's number for this recall is 14S12. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Ford is recalling certain 2012-2014 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX; 2013-2014 Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS; and 2013-2014 Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT vehicles;  TRANSMISSION
Report Receipt Date: JUL 02, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V393000 
Component(s): TRANSMISSION
Potential Number of Units Affected: 83,250 

AUG 2014 -- Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX vehicles manufactured September 2, 2010, to November 30, 2013; 2013-2014 Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS vehicles manufactured August 25, 2011, to November 30, 2013; and 2013-2014 Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT vehicles manufactured September 12, 2011, to November 30, 2013. In the affected vehicles, the halfshaft retention circlip may not have been properly installed, and as a result, the halfshaft may move outward and disengage from the linkshaft while driving and without prior warning. If the halfshaft and linkshaft become disengaged while driving, power will no longer be transmitted to the wheels, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash. Additionally, if the parking brake is not applied before exiting the vehicle, the vehicle may roll away despite the transmission being placed in 'Park', increasing the risk of injury to exiting occupants and bystanders. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles to make sure that the halfshaft is properly retained. If it is not, dealers will replace the linkshaft and also replace the halfshaft if it shows evidence of spline damage, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by August 29, 2014. Ford's number for this recall is 14S10. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Ford issues 6 new recalls covering 101,000 vehicles
Detroit News  @ July 8, 2014

JULY 2014 -- Ford Motor Co. said late Monday it is recalling 101,000 vehicles in six new recall campaigns, bringing the total recalls so far this year by the Dearborn automaker to nearly 3 million vehicles in the United States.

The biggest recall covers 92,000 vehicles in North America, including 2013-2014 models of the Ford Taurus, Ford Flex, Ford Police Interceptor, Lincoln MKS and Lincoln MKT; 2012-2014 Ford Edge; and 2014 Lincoln MKX. All have potential issues with the right-side halfshaft.

Because of faulty assembly, the vehicles may experience “loss of drive function,” Ford said. The Ford said the vehicles could roll away if the gearshift is placed in “park” without the emergency brake being activated.

Ford said dealers will inspect the halfshaft and repair or replace as needed.

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Ford is also recalling 2,100 2014 Ford Escape SUVs for a potential problem with the panorama roof glass that may have an improperly cured bond between the glass and the attaching bracket that could result in noise, water leak or separation of the panel from the vehicle. Dealers will replace the panel if they were built between Oct. 15 and Oct. 22, 2013, at the Louisville Assembly Plant.

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Ford said no crashes or injuries have been reported in any of the new recall campaigns.

The recalls are the latest sign that automakers are boosting recalls because of stricter scrutiny from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Ford recalled 1.19 million vehicles in 16 recall campaigns in the United States in all of 2013. So far this year, Ford says it has issued 19 recalls covering 2.94 million vehicles.

Automakers have recalled nearly 40 million vehicles in the United States this year, an all-time record that shatters the 30.8 million recalled in 2004. General Motors Co. leads the pack with 25.2 million callbacks, also an all-time record.

Other recalls announced Monday by Ford:

197 2014 Ford Fiestas are being called back in North America for a potential issue with the fuel tank. Some fuel tanks may be missing an adhesive layer. Without that adhesive, it may leak fuel and catch fire.

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Two of the recalls involve Ford commercial vehicles:

Ford is recalling 5,264 2011-2014 Ford F59 Commercial Stripped Chassis vehicles in North America because electrical junction blocks could short-circuit if driven in areas where salt is spread on roads. Drivers may experience smoke coming from the right front wheel well, a loss of electrical power — or potentially a fire, with or without the engine running. Dealers will replace the block.

Ford is recalling 635 2014 Ford F53 Motorhome Stripped Chassis and F59 Commercial Stripped Chassis vehicles in North America for a possible issue with the brake calipers. Some may have been incorrectly machined and could result in a leak between the piston and piston bore, which could result in longer brake pedal travel and increased stopping distances.

Some of the recalls are very minor, but automakers are taking no chances running afoul of NHTSA:.

368 2014 Ford Transit Connect vans are being called back because of a labeling issue with the brake fluid reservoir cap in Puerto Rico. The brake reservoir cap on the affected vehicles does not conform to brake system labeling requirement. The vehicles shipped to Puerto Rico had a European brake reservoir pictogram label, which does not contain the text required by U.S. law.

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The recalls are the most recent by the Dearborn automaker. In May, it announced it was recalling nearly 1.4 million vehicles in four separate recall campaigns, including 1.1 million Ford Escapes, Mercury Mariners and Ford Explorers in North America for power steering problems.

Three of the four recalls came under pressure from U.S. and Canadian auto safety regulators — another sign that government agencies are taking a harder line with automakers in the aftermath of the General Motors Co. recall crisis. Ford opted to recall the vehicles rather than fight regulators.


NEWS: Ford is recalling certain 2014 Ford F-150 trucks; POWER ASSIST STEERING
Report Receipt Date: JUN 12, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V316000 
Component(s):  POWER ASSIST STEERING
Potential Number of Units Affected: 4,629 

JUNE 2014 -- Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2014 Ford F-150 trucks manufactured May 26, 2014 to June 19, 2014, and equipped with Electronic Power Assist Steering (EPAS). The affected vehicles may have an incorrectly installed EPAS gear motor position sensor magnet that can lead to a total loss of steering control while driving. A loss of steering control while driving increases the risk of a vehicle crash. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the EPAS steering gear, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on July 7, 2014. Note: Owners are advised not to drive their vehicles until they have been remedied. . Ford's number for this recall is 14S09. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Ford is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Ford Explorer vehicles; POWER STEERING GEAR
Report Receipt Date: MAY 29, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V286000 
Component(s): POWER STEERING GEAR
Potential Number of Units Affected: 179,027 

JUNE 2014 -- Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Ford Explorer vehicles manufactured May 17, 2010, through February 28, 2012. The affected vehicles may experience an intermittent connection in the electric power steering gear, which can cause a loss of the motor position sensor signal resulting in a shut down of the power steering assist. If the vehicle experiences a loss of power steering assist it will require extra steering effort at lower speeds, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will update the Power Steering Control Module (PSCM) software, free of charge. If a vehicle shows a history of a loss of motor position sensor signal when the vehicle is brought in for the recall remedy, its steering rack assembly will be replaced, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by July 25, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673. Ford's number for this recall is 14S06. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Ford is recalling certain 2010-2014 Taurus vehicles; LICENSE PLATE LAMP ASSEMBLY; RUST
Report Receipt Date: MAY 29, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V285000 
Component(s): EXTERIOR LIGHTING 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 183,425 

JUNE 2014 -- Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2010-2014 Taurus vehicles manufactured November 24, 2008, through February 28, 2014, originally sold in, or currently registered in, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. When used in areas that use road salt, the license plate lamp assembly may experience an electro-chemical reaction and corrosion as a result of water intrusion. This corrosion may result in a short circuit, increasing the risk of a fire. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the license plate lamp assemblies, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on July 25, 2014. Ford's number for this recall is 14S08. Note: Under program 14R01, Ford will notify owners in non-corrosion states, and, at the customer's request, dealers will replace the license plate lamp assembly. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Ford is recalling certain 2008-2011 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner vehicles; POWER STEERING
Report Receipt Date: MAY 29, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V284000 
Component(s): POWER STEERING
Potential Number of Units Affected: 740,878 

JUNE 2014 -- Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2008-2011 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner vehicles manufactured August 18, 2006, through September 11, 2010. The affected vehicles have a steering torque sensor that may not be able to properly detect driver steering input. As a result, the system could remove the Electric Power Steering (EPS) assist. If power steering assist is lost, greater driver effort would be required to steer the vehicle at low speeds, increasing the risk of a crash. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will update the software for the power steering control module (PSCM) and the instrument cluster module, free of charge. If a vehicle shows a history of a loss of the torque sensor signal or fault codes relating to the PSCM when the vehicle is brought in for the recall remedy, the affected components will be replaced, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by July 25, 2014. Ford's number for this recall is 14S05. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Ford is recalling certain 2013-2014 Escape vehicles;  EXTERIOR DOOR ALIGNMENT
Report Receipt Date: MAY 07, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V239000 
Component(s):  EXTERIOR DOOR ALIGNMENT
Potential Number of Units Affected: 581,986 

MAY 2014 -- Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Escape vehicles manufactured October 5, 2011, through April 10, 2014. Due to an assembly misalignment between the exterior door handle and the door outer panel, the affected vehicles have doors that may be difficult to close or may possibly open while driving. A door that opens unexpectedly may result in an unrestrained occupant falling from the vehicle, increasing the risk of injury. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and correct the mounting of the door handles, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on May 26, 2014. Ford's number for this recall is 14S03. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Ford is recalling certain 2013-2014 C-MAX, and Escape vehicles;  AIR BAGS
Report Receipt Date: MAY 07, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V237000 
Component(s): AIR BAGS 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 594,785 

MAY 2014 -- Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 C-MAX, and Escape vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the restraint control module (RCM) may have errors in the programming software which may result in a delayed deployment of the side-curtain rollover air bag. If the side-curtain rollover air bag is delayed in deploying in certain rollover circumstances, the risk of injury to the passengers is increased. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the RCM, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 26, 2014. Ford's number for this recall is 14S04. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Ford is recalling certain 2015; F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550 Super Duty trucks; TRANSMISSION
Report Receipt Date: APR 17, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V204000 
Component(s):  TRANSMISSION
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3,973 

MAY 2014 -- Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2015 F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550 Super Duty trucks manufactured September 13, 2013, through March 28, 2014, and equipped with 6.2L gasoline or 6.7L diesel engines and 6R140 transmissions. An error with the transmission control software may be such that while shifting from "Park" to "Drive" the vehicle may display "Drive" but possibly engage "Reverse" for 1.5 seconds before engaging "Drive." Therefore, the vehicles do not conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 102, "Transmission Shift Lever Sequence, Starter Interlock, and Transmission Braking Effect." If the vehicle is in "Reverse" while the while the gear selection shows "Drive," unexpected movement could occur, increasing the risk of a crash. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will update the transmission software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early May 2014. Ford's number for this recall is 14C04. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Ford is recalling certain 2013-2014 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles, 2013-2014 Ford Escape vehicles and 2013-2014 Ford C-Max vehicles; SEATS 
Report Receipt Date: APR 02, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V164000 
Component(s):  SEATS 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 43,135 

APRIL 2014 -- Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles manufactured August 15, 2012, through September 10, 2013, 2013-2014 Ford Escape vehicles manufactured June 5, 2012, through August 12, 2013, and 2013-2014 Ford C-Max vehicles manufactured from July 23, 2012, through May 28, 2013. The driver and passenger seatback assemblies may have been produced with sub-standard weld joints used to attach the seat back recliner mechanism to the seat frame. The affected seat backs may have insufficient strength to meet the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 207, "Seating Systems." The back of the subject seats may become loose or lean while driving and potentially increase the risk of injury in certain crashes. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the seatback, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin around May 19, 2014. Ford's number for this recall is 14C03. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Ford is recalling certain model year 2001-2004 Escape vehicles; LOWER CONTROL ARM 
Report Receipt Date: APR 02, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V165000 
Component(s):  LOWER CONTROL ARM
Potential Number of Units Affected: 348,950 

APRIL 2014 -- Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2001-2004 Escape vehicles manufactured October 22, 1999, through January 23, 2004, originally sold, or currently registered in, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. These vehicles may experience excessive corrosion at the forward attachment of the lower control arm. A separation of the lower control arm can result in a significant loss of control, increasing the risk of a crash. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will install a newly designed reinforcement cross-brace, free of charge. Parts are not currently available. Ford expects to send an interim notification around May 19, 2014. When parts are available, owners will be mailed a second letter to come in to have the part installed. If customers bring their vehicles to a dealer before reinforcement crossbraces are available, dealers will inspect the subframe and either inform customers that the vehicle is safe to drive until the remedy parts are available or provide a rental vehicle until parts are available if an immediate repair is needed. Ford's number for this recall is 14S02. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Ford is recalling certain 2012-2013 Edge vehicles; FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE  
Report Receipt Date: JAN 06, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V002000 
Component(s): FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 27,933

JANUARY 2014 -- Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Edge vehicles manufactured from September 2, 2010, through April 25, 2013, and equipped with 2.0L engines. The fuel line pulse damper metal housing may crack as a result of an improper manufacturing process. A cracked fuel line pulse damper housing may result in a combination of fuel odor, weepage, or a continuous leak while the fuel system is pressurized. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel line with one that does not have a damper, free of charge. The safety recall is scheduled to begin on February 28, 2014. Ford's number for this recall is 13S13. IMPORTANT: This recall supersedes recall 12V-438. All vehicles that have been remedied under the previous recall need to have the current remedy applied. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Ford is recalling certain 2013-2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid vehicles;  POWER TRAIN
Report Receipt Date: NOV 25, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V594000 
Component(s): POWER TRAIN 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 7,153 

DECEMBER 2013 -- Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid vehicles manufactured April 26, 2012, through September 24, 2013. Due to a manufacturing error, the transmission range sensor may not function properly allowing the affected vehicles to be shifted out of the Park position without first applying the brake pedal. Thus, these vehicles fail to conform with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 114, "Theft Protection." Without requiring the brake to be pressed, the vehicle may be unintentionally shifted out of Park, allowing it to roll which may result in a crash. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will update the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) with new software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in January 2014. Ford's number for this recall is 13C09. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Ford is recalling certain 2012-2014 Focus Electric vehicles: POWER TRAIN
Report Receipt Date: OCT 30, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V523000
Component(s): POWER TRAIN
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2,456

NOVEMBER 2013 - Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 Focus Electric vehicles manufactured September 15, 2011, through August 23, 2013. In the affected vehicles, a powertrain control module software problem may result in a stall-like condition. An unexpected loss of power while driving increases the risk of a crash. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the power control module, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by late November 2013. Ford's recall campaign number is 13S09. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Ford is recalling certain 2011-2012 F-350-F450-F550 Ambulance Package vehicles: ENGINE
Report Receipt Date: OCT 30, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V535000 
Component(s): ENGINE 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2,951 

NOVEMBER 2013 - Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 F-350/450/550 Ambulance Package vehicles manufactured February 22, 2010, through October 19, 2012 and equipped with a 6.7L diesel engine. Due to an exhaust sensor problem, the vehicles may experience loss of power followed by an engine stall.An unexpected engine stall increases the risk of a crash. Additionally, if this were to occur when the ambulance is transporting a patient, there is an increased risk of injury to the patient.Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the exhaust gas temperature sensor, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by the end of November 2013. Ford's recall campaign number is 13S10.Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Ford recalling 2013 Escape SUVs for fire risks
Detroit News @ November 26, 2013

NOVEMBER 2013 - Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday it is issuing two new recalls for fire risks in some 2013 Ford Escape SUVs, after it received new reports of engine fires.

Ford said it is recalling nearly 140,000 2013 Ford Escape SUVs with 1.6L engines in the United States because they may experience underhood fires due to overheating of the engine cylinder head leading to cracks causing oil leaks. Ford said it is 161,334 2013 Ford Escape SUVs worldwide after they had reports of 13 additional fires — including Canada — stemming from the engine issue. No injuries have been reported.

Of those vehicles, Ford is issuing a second recall to cover 9,469 2013 Escapes in the U.S. that will need to be inspected in order to prevent a fuel leak that could also potentially result in an engine compartment fire. The subset recall is 11,821 worldwide in total.

Owners will be notified by late January to take the SUVs to a dealer to have "enhancements to the engine shielding, cooling and control systems made to their vehicles.”

These are the fourth and fifth recalls that Ford has issued to address fire problems with the Escape. Overall Ford has issued six recalls for the 2013 Escape.

Ford said it "has received warranty reports of fuel odor or leaks related to engine compartment fuel lines on 2013 model year Ford Escape vehicles that were previously fixed" under an earlier recall. "Subsequent investigation by Ford identified that some engine compartment fuel lines may have been installed incorrectly by service technicians."

That may create “a chafe condition," and Ford said since the recall, the "chafe condition has resulted in reports of fuel odor and leaks but there have been no reports of fires, accidents or injuries attributed to this condition. A subset of the population will also have the engine compartment fuel line inspected and replaced as required."

In November 2012, Ford issued its third fire recall on its 2013 Ford Escape. The automaker recalled 89,000 Escapes and Ford Fusions for fire risks — and said it didn't have a fix. About 10 days later, Ford unveiled a software upgrade to fix the vehicles. Before it had a fix, Ford urged owners of the vehicles with 1.6-liter engines to contact dealers immediately to get alternative transportation.

Ford said it issued the recall after reports of engine overheating followed by engine fires while the vehicle was running. There were reports of 13 fires, including 12 in Escapes.

In September 2012, Ford issued another recall for its 2013 Ford Escape, saying an improperly installed part could lead to a risk of a fire.

That recall covered 7,600 2013 Escape SUVs built with 1.6-liter engines, including 6,150 in the United States and 1,300 in Canada. Ford said the recall is to prevent a dislodged plug in the engine cylinder head.

In July 2012, Ford recalled 11,500 new 2013 Ford Escape SUVs with 1.6-liter engines and urged owners to stop driving them immediately because of fire dangers caused by damaged fuel lines. In that recall, the risk stemmed from a possible damaged fuel line that may lead to a significant fuel leak that could lead to a fire if the vehicle is running.

"Those are great lessons learned. We're dealing with them now," Ford president and CEO Alan Mulally said in January. "We were very disappointed it happened on a fantastic vehicle. ... We're always learning new things and we'll fix the process."

Overall, Ford has issued six recalls for the 2013 Escape.

In mid-July, Ford issued its first 2013 Escape recall. More than 10,000 new Escapes were recalled because incorrectly positioned carpet padding could lead to interference with braking.

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NEWS: Ford is recalling certain 2013 Escape vehicles: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Report Receipt Date: NOV 25, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V584000
Component(s): FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 9,469

NOVEMBER 2013 - Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2013 Escape vehicles manufactured from October 5, 2011, through July 11, 2012, and equipped with a 1.6L engine subject to prior safety recall NHTSA 12V-336. In some cases, the engine compartment fuel line may have been installed incorrectly when repaired under the prior recall. The misinstalled fuel line could chafe and eventually leak fuel. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire. Ford will notify owners and dealers will inspect the engine compartment fuel line, and if necessary, replace it, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by January 23, 2014. Ford's recall number is 13S12. This recall is in addition to NHTSA recall 12V-336. All covered vehicles, regardless of being remedied under the earlier recall, require an inspection and a remedy for this campaign. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Ford is recalling certain 2013 Escape vehicles: ENGINE: OIL LEAK
Report Receipt Date: NOV 25, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V583000
Component(s): ENGINE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 139,917

NOVEMBER 2013 - Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2013 Escape vehicles manufactured October 5, 2011, through June 2, 2013 and equipped with 1.6L engines. The affected vehicles may experience localized overheating of the engine cylinder head which may cause cracks that could allow oil to leak. Leaking engine oil may come into contact with a hot engine surface potentially resulting in an engine compartment fire. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will modify the engine shielding, cooling and control systems, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by January 23, 2014. Ford's recall number is 13S12. For some of the vehicles included in this campaign, this recall is in addition to NHTSA recall 12V-551. All covered vehicles, regardless of being inspected and repaired under the earlier recall, require an inspection and a remedy for this campaign. Owners may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Ford recalling 2012-2013 Ford Focus and C-Max Hybrid
Yahoo News @ October 3, 2013

OCTOBER 2013 - Ford is recalling about 24,000 cars because a chime won't sound if the driver's door is opened while the key is inside the car.

The recall in the U.S. and Canada affects Ford Focus electric cars from 2012 and 2013, and the C-Max hybrid from the 2013 model year. The cars have push-button starting mechanisms.

Ford says the cars don't comply with U.S. regulations requiring the chime. No crashes or injuries have been reported because of the problem.

Ford dealers will modify software starting next week in order to make the chimes sound properly

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NEWS: Ford is recalling certain 2005-2011 Ford Crown Victoria (including Crown Victoria Police Interceptors), Mercury Grand Marquis, and Lincoln Town Car vehicles
Report Receipt Date: AUG 29, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V385000 
Component(s): STEERING 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 355,000   

SEPTEMBER 2013 - Ford is recalling certain model year 2005-2011 Ford Crown Victoria (including Crown Victoria Police Interceptors), Mercury Grand Marquis, and Lincoln Town Car vehicles. The affected vehicles are currently registered or were originally sold in Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Severe corrosion can seize the lower intermediate shaft which may cause the upper intermediate shaft to collapse and the steering column lower bearing to separate. If the lower bearing separates, the vehicle may experience a loss of steering, increasing the risk of a crash. Ford will notify owners and dealers will replace the lower intermediate shaft, free of charge. The upper intermediate shaft and steering column lower bearing will be inspected to identify any damage that may have occurred as a result of lower intermediate shaft corrosion, and repaired or replaced as necessary. If the steering column lower bearing has separated, a retainer clip will be installed. The recall is expected to begin October 21, 2013. Ford's recall number is 13S08. Customers located in non-corrosion states who have concerns regarding their steering will have a one-time option to have their vehicles inspected and, if necessary, repaired. Owners of these vehicles should contact Ford directly about these vehicles. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Ford is recalling 350,000 vehicles; 2005-2011 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car
Detroit Free Press @ September 3, 2013

SEPTEMBER 2013 - Ford is recalling 370,000 cars due to potential corrosion to their steering shaft that may result in loss of steering.

No incidents or injuries have been reported.

The cars include 2005 to 2011 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Cars. About 355,000 are in the U.S. and 15,000 in Canada.

Dealers will inspect the cars and may replace the lower intermediate steering shaft and if necessary resecure a lower steering column bearing and replace the upper intermediate steering shaft.

States included in the recall are: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

Owners in other states can also ask for inspections and repairs.Ford is recalling 370,000 cars due to potential corrosion to their steering shaft that may result in loss of steering.

No incidents or injuries have been reported.

The cars include 2005 to 2011 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Cars. About 355,000 are in the U.S. and 15,000 in Canada.

Dealers will inspect the cars and may replace the lower intermediate steering shaft and if necessary resecure a lower steering column bearing and replace the upper intermediate steering shaft.

States included in the recall are: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

Owners in other states can also ask for inspections and repairs.

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NEWS: Ford is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Focus BEV vehicles
Report Receipt Date: AUG 01, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V335000 
Component(s): EXTERIOR LIGHTING 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 6,308 

AUGUST 2013 - Ford is recalling certain model year 2012-2013 Focus BEV vehicles equipped with High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights, manufactured September 15, 2011, through May 6, 2013; and model year 2013 Focus ST vehicles equipped with High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights, manufactured February 16, 2012, through May 7, 2013. Due to a wiring incompatability, the front side marker lamps may not function. Thus, these vehicles fail to comply to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment." Without the proper illumination of the side maker lamps, the vehicle may be less visible in night time conditions, increasing the risk of a crash. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will modify the headlamp assembly wiring, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in mid-August 2013. . Ford's recall number is 13C04. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Ford is recalling certain 2013 Ford Explorer, Taurus, and Lincoln MKS vehicles
Report Receipt Date: JUN 26, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V270000 
Component(s): LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 12,569 

JUNE 2013 - Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2013 Ford Explorer, Taurus, and Lincoln MKS vehicles manufactured November 29, 2012, through December 12, 2012. In the affected vehicles, with sufficient door openings and closings, the child safety locks may change from an activated position to a deactivated position without notice. If the child lock is deactivated, the door could be unlocked and opened from the inside which could lead to personal injury to an unrestrained child. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will test the safety locks. If necessary, the locks will be replaced free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 5, 2013. Ford's recall number is 13S07. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Ford Motor Company is recalling certain model year 2013 C-Max hybrid vehicles
Report Receipt Date: JUL 10, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V303000 
Component(s): STRUCTURE 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 33,021 

AUGUST 2013 - Ford Motor Company is recalling certain model year 2013 C-Max hybrid vehicles, without panoramic roofs, that were manufactured January 19, 2012, through June 25, 2013. During vehicle testing, the vehicle exceeded a head injury criteria requirement set by the standard. Thus, these vehicles fail to conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 201, "Occupant Protection in Interior Impact." In the event of a crash, an occupant could be at an increased risk of an injury. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will install energy absorbers between the headliner and the roof. The recall is expected to begin August 19, 2013. Ford's recall number is 13C02. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Ford is recalling certain model year 2013 Fusion vehicles
Report Receipt Date: MAY 31, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V232000 
Component(s): STEERING 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 20 

JUNE 2013 - Ford is recalling certain model year 2013 Fusion vehicles manufactured April 19, 2013, through April 23, 2013. The steering gears may be missing an internal retaining clip. If the clip is missing, components inside the steering gear may become dislodged inside the gear assembly. This could result in impaired steering, including the loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the steering gear, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in mid-June 2013. Ford's recall number is 13S06. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Ford is recalling certain 2013 Lincoln MKZ vehicles; Electrical System
Report Receipt Date: MAY 31, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V230000 
Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 107 

JUNE 2013 - Ford is recalling certain model year 2013 Lincoln MKZ vehicles manufactured April 25, 2012, through March 15, 2013 and equipped with an engine block heater. During use, the engine block heater cords may be bent and in certain temperatures, the wire insulation may crack, exposing the electrical wires. Exposed electrical wires increase the risk of electric shock. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the block heater cord, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin June 17, 2013. Ford's recall number is 13S05. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Ford recalls 390,000 vehicles in the US: Fuel System: Gasoline
Report Receipt Date: MAY 31, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V227000 
Component(s): FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 390,783 

JUNE 2013 - Ford is recalling certain model year 2013 Explorer, Taurus, Flex, Fusion, Police Interceptor Sedan and Police Interceptor Utility vehicles; and certain model year 2013 Lincoln MKS, MKT, and MKZ vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the fuel delivery module may develop a crack, allowing fuel to leak. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel delivery module, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on July 15, 2013. Ford's recall campaign number is 13S04. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Ford issues 3 recalls, including one for 465K vehicles
Detroit News  @ May 31, 2013

MAY 2013 -- Ford Motor Co. issued three recalls for 2013 models Friday, including calling back 465,000 vehicles for fire risks after 600 complaints of fuel leaks.

The new recalls are the latest in a series of quality issues facing the Dearborn automaker during the last year as it has issued repeated recalls for many of its most popular new vehicles. It also announced Friday small recalls of the 2013 Lincoln MKZ because insulation on the engine block heater cord could catch fire and of 2013 Ford Fusions that could have improperly assembled steering gears, which could cause loss of steering ability.

The first recall, for potentially leaky fuel tanks, affects 465,000 vehicles — 390,000 of them in the U.S. — including 2013 Ford Explorer, Taurus, Flex, Fusion and Police Interceptor utilities and sedans, and Lincoln MKS, MKT and MKZ vehicles. Ford said it received 600 fuel leak complaints as of March 31.

“The condition could result in customers detecting a fuel odor, or in some cases, observe evidence of a fuel leak on the ground,” Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker said in an email. “While a fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire, there have been no reports of fires. We are not aware of any accidents or injuries attributed to this condition.”

Ford is also recalling 500 of its new 2013 Lincoln MKZ midsize sedans — 100 in the U.S. and the rest in Canada — equipped with engine block heaters. The automaker says the insulation on the engine block heater electrical cord has the potential to crack in temperatures of minus-4 degrees or colder. A cracked cord could potentially expose wiring, increasing the risk of electrical shock and corrosion.

The Dearborn automaker is also recalling 23 of its new 2013 Fusion midsize sedans — 20 in the U.S. — for steering gears that may have been built without an internal retaining clip. That flaw could result in impaired steering or loss of steering control.

The recalls are another black eye for the launch of the Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ, which share the same platform and are built at the same assembly plant in Hermosillo, Mexico.

The new Fusion, which debuted last fall, was recalled last year for problems stemming from its 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine. Engine leaks and related fire risks prompted the recalls. Engine overheating can lead to fluid leaks, which could come in contact with a hot exhaust, resulting in a fire. A software fix was supposed to fix the problem — and it did, for most owners.

But follow-up tests revealed the need for additional repairs on some engines. At one point, Ford said about 1,400 Fusions and Escapes, including some on dealer lots, were not drivable because of a parts shortage.

Most recently, the new MKZ, which was slated to launch in December but arrived as many four months late to some dealerships, had to be shipped from Ford’s Hermosillo plant to its Flat Rock Assembly Plant for additional quality inspections.

Ford CEO said earlier this year the number of recalls for 2013 models wasn’t a problem, but instead a sign that the automaker was focused on quality. “We learned from every one of them,” he said.

Last year Ford recalled more than 1.4 million vehicles. So far this year it has recalled more than 700,000.

The latest recalls come days after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it was opening a preliminary investigation into 400,000 2011-2013 Ford F-150 trucks with 3.5L EcoBoost engines. There have been 95 complaints alleging unexpected sharp reductions in engine power during hard acceleration at highway speeds.


NEWS: U.S. investigates 400,000 Ford F-150 trucks for engine problems
Detroit News  @ May 26, 2013

MAY 2013 -- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Sunday it is opening a preliminary investigation into 400,000 2011-2013 F-150 trucks for acceleration problems

In a notice posted on its website, NHTSA said it has received 95 reports of incidents of reduced engine power during hard accelerations in 2011-2013 Ford F-150 trucks equipped with 3.5L gasoline turbocharged direct injection engines. Some complaints allege unexpected sharp reductions in engine power during hard accelerations at highway speeds, such as attempted merging or passing maneuvers.

NHTSA said Ford has issued three technical service bulletins related to intermittent stumble/misfire on acceleration from highway cruise in humid or damp conditions in some 2011 and 2012 F-150 vehicles equipped with 3.5L GTDI engines. The most recent bulletin includes procedures for diagnosing a condition related to moisture accumulation in the Charge Air Cooler during extended highway cruising at constant throttle in humid or damp conditions; and repairing the condition by reprogramming the powertrain control module with the latest calibration and installing a new CAC and air deflector plate.

NHTSA said one-third of the reports received say the incidents occurred while driving in humid or rainy conditions. Many complaints allege safety concerns associated with overtaking vehicles. No crashes have been reported in connection with the issue.

Ford's most recent technical service bulletin was issued on March 18. It notified dealers that the F-150 has an adaptive transmission shift "which allows the vehicle's computer to learn the transmission's unique paramters and improve shift quality. When the adaptive strategry is reset, the computer will begin a relearning process. This re-learning process may result in firmer than normal upshifts and downshifts for several days."

A technical service bulletin advises dealers on how to fix a potential problem. A recall is required when an automaker determines a potential problem poses an "unreasonable risk to safety."

Ford spokeswoman said the automaker is working with NHTSA. "We will be cooperating with NHTSA on this investigation, as we always do,"

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NEWS: Ford is recalling certain model year 2012 Taurus, Lincoln MKS, and 2013 Ford Explorer
Report Receipt Date: MAR 27, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V109000  @  www.Safercar.Gov
Component(s): FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3,037 

MARCH 2013 -- Ford is recalling certain model year 2012 Taurus, Lincoln MKS, and model year 2013 Explorer vehicles manufactured July 19, 2011, through March 15, 2012. In the affected vehicles, the fuel tanks may have a marginally sealed seam in the side of the tank. As a result, the fuel tanks may not provide the expected strength in the event of an impact. The tanks may also leak. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the fuel tanks and replace them as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 22, 2013. Ford's recall campaign number is 13S03. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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NEWS: Ford to recall Taurus, Exploer and Lincoln MKS to fix fuel tanks
Yahoo News  @ March 14, 2013

MARCH 2013 -- Ford Motor Co said on Tuesday that it will recall about 3,500 Taurus, Explorer and Lincoln MKS vehicles around the world to repair fuel tanks equipped with an improperly molded seam. The tanks with these seams may leak after a severe crash, Ford said. As of February 28, the second-largest U.S. automaker received six reports of tanks with a fuel odor or leak due to the defect.

The action covers the 2012 Ford Taurus and the 2012 Lincoln MKS sedans as well as the 2013 Ford Explorer sport utility vehicle. More than 3,000 of the recalled Ford models are in the United States, Ford spokeswoman said.

The models were built at Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant. The Taurus and MKS models were built between July 2011 and January 2012, while the Explorer SUVs were made over a few days in March 2012, the company said.

The automaker said it was not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with the issue

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NEWS: Ford is recalling certain 2013 Focus and C-Max vehicles and 2013 Escape vehicles
Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 13V085000 @  www.Safercar.Gov
Report Receipt Date: MAR 07, 2013 
Component(s): LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 5,675 

MARCH 2013 -- Ford is recalling certain model year 2013 Focus and C-Max vehicles built from November 16, 2012, through November 21, 2012; and model year 2013 Escape vehicles manufactured from November 14, 2012, through November 21, 2012. The left rear door child lock was built incorrectly. As a result, the child lock may not engage when the operator uses normal force to activate the child lock. The operator may incorrectly believe the child lock is engaged. However, the door may be opened from the inside, increasing the risk of injury to an unrestrained child. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the affected rear door latches, and replace them as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 25, 2013. Ford's recall campaign number is 13S02. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov. 13V085000

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NEWS: Ford is recalling certain 2004-2007 Freestar and Mercury Monterey vehicles
Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 13V081000 @  www.Safercar.Gov
Report Receipt Date: MAR 07, 2013 
Component(s): SEATS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 196,667 

MARCH 2013 -- Ford is recalling certain model year 2004-2007 Freestar and Mercury Monterey vehicles manufactured from March 24, 2003, through November 7, 2006, equipped with a third row seat and originally sold in, or currently registered in, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. The third row stowable seat can experience corrosion and structural degradation at the seat anchor mechanism mounted to the rear wheel wells. As a result of the corrosion, the third row seat may not fully latch into its seating position. In the event that the vehicle is crashed into from the rear, an unlatched seat may increase the risk of personal injury. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will install new third row seat latch striker mounting brackets, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on March 27, 2013. Ford's recall campaign number is 13S01. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov. 13V081000

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NEWS: Feds probe 724K Ford models over power loss
Detroit News  @ February 26. 2013

FEBRUARY 2013 -- Federal safety regulators have opened a new safety investigation into 724,000 Ford Escape, Fusion and Mercury models over hundreds of reports of sudden loss of engine power.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Monday it has opened a preliminary investigation into the 2009-11 Ford Escape and Fusion, and Mercury Mariner and Milan. NHTSA said it has 123 reports indicating allegations of reduced power or vehicle stall in Escape vehicles under investigation.

Ford made a design change in 2009 to address complaints but did not recall the vehicles. NHTSA said there have been 27,500 warranty claims for the issue, along with reports of three crashes and one injury. Ford has received more than 1,400 complaints about the issue.

"We are cooperating fully with NHTSA on this investigation, as we do on all investigations," said Ford spokeswomanr.

Vehicles manufactured between June 2009 and October 2009 may contain contaminated circuit boards with plating variations, NHTSA said. Plating variations could lead to a failure. Ford and its supplier, Delphi Corp., modified the manufacturing process and issued a technical service bulletin in October 2010, NHTSA said.

Vehicles produced after Oct. 15, 2009 have electronic throttle bodies manufactured with a new process that resolved this condition, the government said. The bulletin instructed dealers to replace the throttle body on a number of Ford and Lincoln vehicles. Depending on the condition of throttle control system malfunction, a driver may experience varying levels of reduced engine performance.

Vehicles are not likely to unexpectedly stall as a result, but drivers may describe it as a stall even though the engine is still running, NHTSA said. Separately, NHTSA said it received 59 complaints alleging incidents of engine stalling while driving in model year 2010-11 Ford Fusions.

About 60 percent of the incidents occurred at speeds of 40 miles per hour or more.

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NEWS: Ford is recalling certain 2013 Fusion vehicles
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 12V553000  @  www.Safercar.Gov

DECEMBER 2012 -- Ford is recalling certain model year 2013 Fusion vehicles, manufactured from February 3, 2012, through October 20, 2012, for failing to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment." The affected vehicles may not have had the low beam headlamp projector coating properly cured during its manufacturing process. An improperly cured projector coating will become hazy through operation, over time, reducing the brightness of the low-beam lamp. This may decrease driver visibility and increase the risk of a vehicle crash. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the headlamp assembly. The recall is expected to begin during December 2012. Ford's recall campaign number is 12C27. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov. 12V-553

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NEWS: Ford is recalling certain 2013 Escape and Fusion vehicles
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 12V551000  @  www.Safercar.Gov

DECEMBER 2012 -- Ford is recalling certain 2013 Escape vehicles manufactured from October 5, 2011, through November 26, 2012 equipped with 1.6L engines; and 2013 Fusion vehicles manufactured from February 3, 2012, through November 29, 2012 equipped with 1.6L engines. The engines may overheat leading to fluid leaks that may come in contact with the hot exhaust system. Fluid leaks in the presence of an ignition source such as a hot exhaust system may result in a fire. The remedy for this recall campaign is still under development. Until the recall remedy has been performed, Ford is advising owners to contact their dealer or call the Ford telephone hotline to arrange alternate transportation. The safety recall began on December 7, 2012. Ford's recall campaign number is 12S41. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov. 12V-551

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NEWS: Ford recalls Fusion for second time in two weeks
Yahoo News - December 8, 2012

DECEMBER 2012 -- Ford Motor Co. is recalling 19,106 2013 Fusion sedans in the US to replace faulty headlamps, The Chicago Tribune quoted federal safety officials as saying.

Ford said in documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the headlamps on the 2013 model to be recalled could become hazy and dimmer over time, which could increase the risk of a crash, reported Xinhua.

The US automaker also said that there are no known reports of accidents or injuries because of the problem as of Nov 9.

This is the second time in just two weeks for Ford to recall the redesigned 2013 Fusion, which went on sale in the US market in late September.

Last week, the 2013 model was recalled to correct a potential defect that could cause engine fire

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NEWS: Ford recalls 89K Escapes, Fusions over engine fires
Detroit News - November 30, 2012

NOVEMBER 2012 -- Ford Motor Co. issued its fourth recall Friday for its 2013 Ford Escape SUV, citing a fire risk.

The recall affects 73,320 Escapes, as well as 15,833 midsized 2013 Ford Fusions. Some 80,000 of the recalled vehicles were in the U.S.

It's the latest setback for the Escape, introduced in June and a key vehicle in Ford's lineup.

The Dearborn automaker urged owners of the vehicles with 1.6-liter engines to contact dealers immediately, to arrange loaners. But unlike an earlier Escape recall, this one didn't caution drivers to stop driving them.

"We have identified an issue and are taking actions in the best interest of our customers," .. director of Ford's automotive safety office, said in a statement. "It is important that affected customers not ignore this recall and contact their dealer as soon as possible. While we recognize the inconvenience recalls cause our customers, we are taking these actions on their behalf to help ensure their safety."

The recall is for Escape and Fusion SE and SEL models with a 1.6-liter engine.

The company said it has not yet established repair procedures, and can't say when owners will be able to get their cars fixed. Ford spokesman .. said engine overheating can lead to fluid leaks, which may come in contact with a hot exhaust system and trigger a fire.

"We're developing a fix which is designed to keep the fluids from reaching the hot exhaust components," he said. "We'll update our customers as soon as we can."

Ford said it received 13 reports of engine fires that followed overheating. No injuries have been reported.

Ford told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration late Friday that the first report of an Escape fire was Sept. 7 in Florida from a vehicle that didn't have an engine dipstick, which allowed oil to be expelled. A second fire was reported Sept. 24 in Virginia and a third fire Oct. 22 in Arizona. Since Nov. 8, Ford has become aware of five more fires. Ford formed a task force Nov. 12 to investigate the fires, finding a pattern.

The fire issue may stick in some people's minds but with so much recall news today, consumers are likely to remember less about it over time, said Jessica Caldwell, senior analyst for automotive research site Edmunds.com. "Over the long term, it's not going to do a lot of damage" to sales, Caldwell said.

Manager of product analysis for AutoPacific Inc., said a recall involving the high-volume 1.6-liter engine means anything that goes wrong with it will affect a lot of customers,

Ford issued its first 2013 Escape recall in July, saying incorrectly positioned carpet padding may lead to interference with braking in more than 10,000 vehicles.

Also that month, Ford recalled 11,500 2013 Escape SUVs with 1.6-liter engines and urged owners to stop driving them immediately because of fire dangers. Ford says more than 90 percent of those have been fixed — and the number may be higher because dealers have 30 days to submit reimbursement claims.

The third recall, on 7,600 1.6-liter Escapes, came in September; Ford said an improperly installed part could lead to a fire risk.

Customers should contact their dealer for free alternative transportation. U.S. owners can call 866-436-7332 and Canadian customers can call 888-222-7814 for details on securing transportation.

Ford says customers can find out if their vehicle is part of the recall by checking their VIN number on Ford.com under the Support tab and View Notices and Recalls, or by contacting their dealer.

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NEWS:  Ford is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Fiesta vehicles
NEWS -- October 16, 2012

OCTOBER 2012 --  Ford is recalling certain model year 2011-2013 Fiesta vehicles, manufactured from November 3, 2009 through September 21, 2012. The vehicles fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 208, "Occupant Crash Protection." The passenger side curtain air bag will not deploy in the event of a side impact collision when the front passenger seat is empty. Although the side curtain air bag system was designed to suppress the side curtain air bag under this scenario, that information is not explained in the owner's guide for these vehicles as required by FMVSS No.208. An occupant in the right rear seating position will not have coverage from the side curtain air bag in a side impact collision when the front passenger seat is empty, increasing the risk of injury to the right rear occupant. Ford will notify owners and dealers will reprogram the vehicle's software free of charge so that it no longer suppresses the passenger side curtain air bag when the front passenger seat is empty, and consistent with the description in the owner's guide. The safety recall is expected to begin shortly. Ford's recall campaign number is 12C26. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov .

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NEWS:  Ford recalls some 2012 Ford Edge SUVs 
YAHOO  NEWS -- September 17, 2012

SEPTEMBER 2012 -- Ford Motor Co. is recalling some of its 2012 Edge vehicles because of concerns that the fuel line could leak and potentially cause a fire.

The recall affects about 5,500 vehicles made between Sept. 2, 2010, and Oct. 31, 2011.The Edge is a midsized SUV, and the affected vehicles have 2-liter engines. The problem is caused by a part in the fuel line that could crack. If it did, the smell of gas would probably be noticeable, and fuel leaks might also appear. Those conditions could cause a fire under the hood.

Ford blamed faulty manufacturing by a parts supplier.

Ford will notify owners by mail with instructions to take their vehicle to a Ford or Lincoln dealer. If the vehicle needs to be fixed, the dealer will do the repair for free. The recall is expected to begin on, or about, Sept. 24.

Ford, based in Dearborn, Mich., said it is aware of 12 cases of fuel leaks after examining warranty claims. No accidents, injuries or fires have been reported.

Owners can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 1-888-327-4236 or www.safecar.gov.

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SEPTEMBER 2012 --  Ford is recalling certain 2012 Edge vehicles manufactured from September 2, 2010, through October 31, 2011, equipped with 2.0L engines. The fuel line pulse damper metal housing may crack as a result of an improper manufacturing process. A cracked fuel line pulse damper housing may result in a combination of fuel odor, weepage, or a continuous leak while the fuel system is pressurized. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will repair the vehicles free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on, or about September 24, 2012. Ford's recall campaign number is 12S40. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov  12V-438


NEWS:  Ford recalling 2013 Escape for fire risks 
DETROIT  NEWS -- September 6, 2012

SEPTEMBER 2012 --  Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday it is issuing a third recall for its redesigned 2013 Ford Escape SUV that went on sale in June, saying an improperly installed part could lead to a risk of fire.

The new recall covers 7,600 2013 Escape SUVs built with 1.6-liter engines, including 6,150 in the United States and 1,300 in Canada.  This is the second recall for fire risks issued since July.  The recalled vehicles were built between Oct. 5, 2011, and Aug. 31.

Ford says the recall is to prevent a dislodged cup plug in the engine cylinder head.  A dislodged plug could result in an immediate discharge of engine coolant. Rapid loss of coolant could result in a combustible glycol concentration near hot engine components and create a risk of fire. The recall covers only manually installed cup plugs; Ford expects just 0.4 percent of vehicles recalled will have faulty parts..

Ford said it has no reports of fires from customers, but one fire in an Escape SUV on a dealer lot was reported in Tennessee. The fire took place during a pre-delivery drive. Ford said a dealer employee was taking the vehicle on a test drive before it was to be delivered to a customer and noticed steam. He quickly returned to the dealership, and that's when the vehicle caught fire. The fire was quickly extinguished at the dealership and no one was injured.

Ford learned of the fire on Aug. 8 and decided to recall the vehicles after a 19-day investigation.

Dealers will install an additional plug sealant, and a secondary cap will be installed over the original plug. The repair will take 31/2 hours and parts are in stock.    READ MORE....

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SEPTEMBER 2012 --  Ford is recalling certain model year 2013 Escape vehicles manufactured from October 5, 2011, through August 31, 2012, equipped with 1.6L engines. The cylinder head cup plug (freeze plug) may become dislodged resulting in significant loss of engine coolant. As leaking engine coolant evaporates on the hot engine, the glycol may ignite causing an engine compartment fire. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will seal the existing plug and add a secondary plug cover, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on, or about, September 10, 2012. Ford's recall campaign number is 12S39. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.   12V-431


NEWS:  Ford recalls 16,000 Transit Connect vans 
DETROIT  NEWS -- August 10, 2012

AUGUST 2012 -- Ford Motor Co. said Friday it is recalling 16,330 Transit Connect vans because wiper arms may not be adequately riveted, resulting in incomplete or inconsistent clearing of the windshield and possible detachment of the wiper arm.

The recall covers vehicles built in the 2011-12 model years. The Dearborn automaker said it is not aware of any crashes or injuries as a result of the issue. Ford said if the wiper arm detaches, the windshield wiper will fail and the driver's visibility may be reduced, increasing the risk of a crash. Some owners have complained of poor wiper performance and noisy wipers.

Ford dealers will replace both the passenger and driver windshield wipers and blade assemblies. The vehicles were built at Ford's Kocaeli plant in Turkey.

Ford began investigating the issue in February after seeing a high number of warranty claims. The automaker will begin notifying owners next week

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AUGUST 2012 -- Ford Motor Company is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Transit Connect vehicles. The wiper arms may not be adequately riveted resulting in incomplete or inconsistent clearing of the windshield and possible detachment of the wiper arm. If the wiper arm detaches, the windshield wiper will fail and the driver's visibility may be reduced, increasing the risk of a crash. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver and passenger side wiper arm and blade assemblies, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on, or before, August 13, 2012. Ford's recall campaign number is 12S36. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov. 12V-374


NEWS:  Ford recalls 2001-2004 Escape SUVs for Unintended Acceleration 
DETROIT  NEWS -- July 26, 2012

JULY 2012 --  In the face of a new government investigation, Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it is recalling nearly 485,000 Escapes and other SUVs to repair sticky gas pedals that can lead to unintended acceleration incidents.  It comes less than two weeks after a safety advocacy group wrote Ford president.. urging him to recall the vehicles. The recall covers 423,000 2001-2004 Escape SUVs with 3-liter V-6 engines with cruise control and 60,000 outside the U.S.

Ford said because of a lack of clearance between the cruise control cable, when a driver has the cruise control engaged, they may not be able to disengage the throttle...The NHTSA has 99 reports alleging incidents of stuck throttles in 2001-2004 Ford Escapes and Mazda Tributes with V6 engines. Of the total, 68 reports are from Escape owners; 31 are from owners of model year 2001 through 2004 Tributes. Thirteen crashes and 9 injuries were reported.

In December 2004, Ford recalled 470,000 2002-2004 Escapes, describing an accelerator cable assembly defect that could cause the throttle to stick. That same month, Mazda, which sold a nearly identical vehicle, recalled 121,000 2002-2004 Tribute SUVs.  Ford sent dealers an updated repair procedure in October 2005, with updated illustrations and a warning to help prevent damage to the speed control cable while replacing the accelerator cable. Mazda did not issue a similar notice.

But by that time, nearly 320,000 Escapes from the 2002-2004 model years already were fixed, and their owners never were informed of the updated procedure. The 2002 Ford Escape that crashed Arizona., .was fixed in January 2005, before the repair update.  Ford said it only learned of the death from NHTSA and inspected the vehicle on June 20. That review prompted Ford to begin a review of the data and the company's field review committee decided to recall the vehicles on Monday. NHTSA has been investigating the crash since early this year. It obtained the police report and has sought additional information from the teen's family.

"The defective accelerator cable caused high idles, but the damaged cruise control cable caused far worse open-throttle accelerations by breaking the cruise cable protective guide which allowed the connector end of the cable to jam against the engine cover," Clarence Ditlow, executive of the Center for Automotive Safety, said in a July 10 letter to Ford CEO.

Ditlow urged a new recall for what he called a "lethal cruise control cable defect." "We ask that you exercise that moral leadership by recalling all Ford Escapes with the defective cruise control cable in the 2002-04 model years to avoid more deaths and injuries which would otherwise occur if Ford waits" for NHTSA to investigate, Ditlow wrote.

This is the third recall in two weeks for the Escape. Last week, Ford recalled 11,500 new 2013 models with 1.6-liter engines because the fuel lines could leak. The company also recalled 10,000 2013 Escapes to fix carpet padding that could interfere with brakes.  READ MORE....

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JULY 2012 -- Ford Motor Company is recalling certain model year 2001 through 2004 Escape vehicles equipped with 3.0L V6 engines and speed control manufactured from October 22, 1999, through January 23, 2004. Inadequate clearance between the engine cover and the speed control cable connector could result in a stuck throttle when the accelerator pedal is fully or almost-fully depressed. This risk exists regardless of whether or not speed control (cruise control) is used. A stuck throttle may result in very high vehicle speeds and make it difficult to stop or slow the vehicle, which could cause a crash, serious injury or death. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will repair the vehicles by increasing the engine cover clearance, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on, or before, August 6, 2012. Remedy parts are expected to be available in mid-August 2012. Until then dealers will disconnect the speed control cable as an interim remedy, if parts are not available at the time of an owner's service appointment. Ford's recall campaign number is 12S37. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov   12V-353


NEWS:  Government investigates Ford Escapes, Mazda Tribute
DETROIT  NEWS -- July 17, 2012

JULY 2012 -- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation Tuesday into 730,000 Ford Escape and Mazda Tribute SUVs that may have been improperly repaired after a 2004 recall and could have resulted in unintended acceleration. 

The announcement comes after the fatal crash of a 2002 Ford Escape in January in Arizona that killed a 17-year-old driver that had been repaired before Ford updated its dealers on how to make the repairs.  Ford recalled 2002-2004 470,000 Escapes in December 2004, describing an accelerator cable assembly defect that could present a stuck throttle risk.

Mazda — which sold a nearly identical vehicle — also recalled 121,000 2002-2004 Tribute SUVs in December 2004.  In October 2005, Ford sent dealers an updated repair procedure with updated illustrations and a warning to help prevent damage to the speed control cable while performing the accelerator cable replacement procedure. Mazda never updated its procedures.  But Ford never disclosed the updated procedure to the owners of more than 300,000 2002-2004 Escape owners that received repairs.

"The defective accelerator cable caused high idles, but the damaged cruise control cable caused far worse open-throttle accelerations by breaking the cruise cable protective guide which allowed the connector end of the cable to jam against the engine cover," said Center for Automotive Safety executive director ..in a July 10 letter to Ford CEO ..that urged a new recall. Ford didn't immediately comment on the investigation. NHTSA doesn't comment on pending investigations.

NHTSA has identified 99 reports alleging incidents of stuck 2001-2004 Ford Escape and Mazda Tribute sport utility vehicles built with V6 engines. Of the total, 68 reports are from owners of Ford Escapes; 31 are from owners of model year 2001 through 2004 Mazda Tributes.

Some of the complaints say the failure was caused by interference between the speed control cable and the appearance cover at the throttle body cam. Many say the failures may have been related to repairs performed as part of safety recalls initiated in 2004.

The investigation follows a petition filed this month by the Center for Auto Safety questioning whether thousands of 2002-2004 Escape vehicles may been damaged during a recall fix.

When Ford sent its dealers the update in October 2005, Ford had already repaired 319,506 vehicles.

The Center for Auto Safety said a January 2012 crash in Payson, Ariz., that killed 17-year-old Saige Bloom when her 2002 Ford Escape was the result of sudden unintended acceleration linked to a faulty repair. It had been repaired in January 2005, before the update.

NHTSA has been investigating the crash since early this year. It obtained the police report and has sought additional information from the deceased driver's family.

The agency rejected a call from the safety advocacy group to hold a formal hearing and said its decision to open a formal investigation was independent of the group's request.

Sudden unintended acceleration drew nationwide headlines in 2009 and 2010 when Toyota Motor Corp. recalled more than 10 million vehicles worldwide for sticking accelerator pedals and pedals trapped in floor mats. Toyota paid nearly $50 million in fines for failing to recall vehicles in a timely fashion.

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NEWS:  Ford recalls 2013 Escapes over fire risks, urges owners to stop driving SUVs 
DETROIT  NEWS -- July 19, 2012

JULY 2012 --  Ford Motor Co. recalled 11,500 2013 Escape SUVs on Thursday over fire risks, and urged owners to immediately stop driving the vehicles. It's the latest setback for the redesigned vehicle that launched last month.

The recall covers Escapes with the 1.6-liter engine, which were built through July 11. Escapes equipped with the 2.0-liter and the 2.5-liter engines are unaffected. Ford says it will replace an engine compartment fuel line, which could split and leak fuel, and could lead to an underhood fire.

The Dearborn automaker said three fires have been reported since June 9, including two being driven by employees at its Louisville Assembly plant and one by an owner in Canada. No injuries have been reported. After the third fire on July 11 at the plant, Ford halted shipments of Escapes with the 1.6-liter engine until it discovered the cause.

Ford is advising affected owners not to drive their vehicles and to contact their dealers immediately for the needed repair. Dealers will deliver a loaner vehicle to customers and will then transport their 2013 Escape to the dealership until the repair has been completed.

It is extremely rare for an automaker to urge owners to stop driving a vehicle.

"I think it's a lesson from Toyota, because (Toyota) didn't originally do that," said Edmunds.com senior analyst.., speaking of the Japanese automaker's struggles to properly recall vehicles with potential unintended acceleration issues in 2009 and 2010.

Ford spokeswoman ..said the automaker notified dealers on Wednesday, but didn't notify owners until Thursday because dealers had to be prepared to handle customer needs.

Because the fires were reported when the vehicles were running, Ford doesn't believe owners are at risk if vehicles are stored in garages. A vehicle being prepared for shipping on July 5 at the Lousiville Assembly plant had a fuel leak linked to the same fuel line problem.

The recall covers 9,300 vehicles in the United States and 2,200 in Canada. Of the vehicles being recalled, 4,800 have been purchased.  READ MORE....

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NEWS:  Ford recalling certain 2013 Ford Escape SUVs for braking issue
DETROIT  NEWS -- July 16, 2012

JULY 2012 -- Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than 10,000 redesigned 2013 Escape SUVs because mispositioned carpet padding may lead to interference with braking.  The recall covers 8,266 Escapes in the U.S. and 2,193 in Canada. The Escapes being recalled were built at the Louisville Assembly Plant from March 8 through June 7.

The redesigned Escape went on sale in June and is a key vehicle for the Dearborn automaker. Ford plans to add a third shift in Kentucky by September to meet additional demand for the vehicle.  Ford said in early June, an employee noted the space between the brake pedal and the center console left-side trim panel "which may result in the driver contacting the edge of the brake pedeal while transferring the foot from the accelerator to the brake pedal.

Ford said the issue could increase braking distance but says it has no reports of the problem happening with customers.  Owners will be notified starting July 23. Ford dealers will remove the carpet padding and replace the left-side console trim panel with a new panel that has a new surface contour.  Ford spokeswoman ..said Saturday the recall also covers "a few hundred" Escape vehicles in Mexico. No vehicles outside North America are affected.

She said no reports or complaints from customers have been received.....Ford sent the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notice on July 2 in a letter that it was recalling the vehicles. But the notice didn't show up on a government website for more than 10 days.

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NEWS:   Ford is recalling certain model year 2013 escape vehicles

JULY 2012 -- Ford is recalling certain model year 2013 escape vehicles manufactured from march 8, 2012 through june 7, 2012. Due to mis-positioned carpet padding the center console trim panel may be pushed outboard of the intended position, reducing clearance relative to the pedal package. The reduced clearance may result in the driver’s foot contacting the side of the brake pedal while transferring the foot from the accelerator pedal to the brake pedal, increasing stopping distances and the risk of a crash. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will remove the carpet padding and left-side console trim panel replaced with a new panel, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on july 23, 2012. Ford's recall campaign number is 12s34. Customers may contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.Safercar.Gov   12V-319

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NEWS:  NHTSA opens probe of 2011 Ford Explorer: Steering Loss
DETROIT NEWS -- June 22,  2012

JUNE 2012 --  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday it is opening investigations into 83,000 2011 Ford Explorer SUVs.over complaints of steering problems.  NHTSA said it was opening a preliminary investigations.

NHTSA said it has received 15 complaints alleging loss of power steering assist and increased steering effort in model year 2011 Ford Explorer vehicles equipped with Electric Power Assisted Steering.

NHTSA said it has also identified field reports provided in Ford's Early Warning Reporting data submissions that relate to the alleged defect.

Some of the complaints indicated observing a power steering warning message when the failure occurred. In some cases, the condition was corrected by turning the vehicle off and restarting. However, some reports indicate the condition returned after restarting the vehicle.

NHTSA has no reports of crashes or injuries.    READ MORE....

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NEWS:   Ford Gets Dinged Again in J.D. Power's Quality Study
Problems with Ford's electronic systems — Sync, MyFord Touch and MyLincoln Touch

JUNE 19, 2012 -- Edmunds, InsideLine.com -- Ford executives said Tuesday they expect the automaker will be hurt again for issues with its MyFord Touch and MyLincoln Touch electronic systems in the J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study (IQS), when 2012 results are released Wednesday.

"We expect to do about the same or a little better than last year," said.. Ford vice president of global quality, at a media briefing Tuesday clearly intended to prepare reports for the study's results and allow Ford to provide its own spin on the results. After steady improvement in quality for a decade, Ford fell precipitously in J.D. Power's 2011 IQS results from 5th place to 23rd among nameplates. That put Ford below the industry average for the first time since 2006.

Ford owners complained in the survey mostly about problems with Ford's electronic systems — Sync, MyFord Touch and MyLincoln Touch. They also pointed out certain powertrain issues, specifically with Ford's Power Shift automatic transmission in the Ford Fiesta and Ford Focus, which were addressed with a software change. READ MORE.

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NEWS:  Ford is recalling certain 2013 Lincoln MKT vehicles with a Town Car package

JUNE 2012 --  Ford is recalling certain model year 2013 Lincoln MKT vehicles with a town car package manufactured from March 6, 2012, through April 3, 2012, which are available only to body builders for upfitting as hearse or livery/limousine vehicles. These vehicles may have been transported with rear brake rotor bolts that are not fully seated allowing the head to protrude above the wheel mounting surface. The raised bolt head could lead to torque loss in the wheel joint, potentially leading to wheel separation, increasing the risk of a crash. All the affected vehicles have been quarantined at the coach builder’s facilities and will be repaired before delivery to owners. Notices were mailed to the coach builders on may 24, 2012. Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.Safercar.Gov 12V-243

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NEWS:   Ford is recalling certain model year 2012 F-150 vehicles

MAY 2012 -- Ford is recalling certain model year 2012 F-150 vehicles manufactured from November 6, 2011, through November 15, 2011. Incorrect software for the occupant classification system module (ocsm) was installed on the vehicles either at the time of manufacturing or during the course of replacement of the module as part of a service repair. Under certain driving conditions, the ocsm may misclassify the passenger seat’s occupant such that the passenger side airbag does not deploy when it should, does not deploy as intended, or deploys when it should not. A failure to deploy, failure to deploy as intended, or a deployment when not intended, increases the risk of injury to the passenger side seat occupant. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ocsm free of charge. Ford expects to begin on or about may 21, 2012. Ford's safety recall campaign number is 12s31. Customers may contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.Safercar.Gov12V-198

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NEWS:  Ford is recalling certain 2011-2012 Ford F-150, 2012 Expedition and Lincoln Navigator, and 2012-2013 Mustang vehicles

MAY 2012 --  Ford is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Ford F-150, 2012 Expedition and Lincoln Navigator, and 2012-2013 Mustang vehicles, for failing to comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard nos. 102, "transmission shift lever sequence, starter interlock, and transmission braking effect" and 108 “lamps, reflective devices and associated equipment.” these vehicles may have a transmission range sensor (trs) that was calibrated out of specification for reverse gear. If this condition exists, the transmission may not go into reverse or when the driver pushes the shift lever in the reverse “r” position and the vehicle’s transmission does go in reverse, the “r” may not illuminate on the dashboard of the F-150, Expedition, or Navigator models and/or the backup lamp on the rear of the F-150, Expedition, Navigator, or Mustang vehicles may not illuminate. These conditions increase the risk of a crash or a pedestrian being struck due to the vehicle’s not signaling it is in reverse. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the trs as necessary, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on or about June 25, 2012. Ford's recall campaign number is 12c23. Customers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.Safercar.Gov 12V-190

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NEWS:   NHTSA upgrades investigation into Ford Freestar, Mercury Monterey
DETROIT NEWS -- April 28, 2012

APRIL 2012 -  Federal safety investigators said Friday they upgraded an investigation into more than 82,000 2004 Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey minivans over complaints that the third-row seat can experience severe rust.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it has reviewed 22 complaints from salt belt states, alleging severe corrosion at the rear wheel wells. It is upping its probe from an "investigation" to an "engineering analysis."

NHTSA said the complaints show a difficulty or inability to latch the rear seat. Some of the reports claim the anchor plate detached from the vehicle rear wheel.

The government agency is comparing the 2004 vehicles with the 2005-2007 Freestar/Monterey minivans that appear to have a seat design identical to the vehicles now under scrutiny. NHTSA is unaware of similar complaints on the 2005-2007 vehicles.

Ford has said it is cooperating with the investigation.

NHTSA opened its preliminary investigation in December. It said it did not know of any crashes or injuries resulting from the issue.

It asked Nissan Motor Co. to disclose any similar incidents with its 2003-2004 minivans to compare the rate of failure in Ford's minivans.

In August, NHTSA said it was closing its investigation into 2004-07 280,000 Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey minivans over engine stalls and other problems connected to water leaking onto a module.

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NEWS:   Ford is recalling certain model year 2012 Focus vehicles

APRIL 2012 -- Ford is recalling certain model year 2012 Focus vehicles manufactured from August 1, 2010, through October 18, 2011. A seal in the wiring harness connector to the passenger side wiper motor may be missing. Water or other contaminants may accumulate in the connector, resulting in an intermittent or inoperative passenger side wiper motor, reducing visibility and increasing the risk of a crash. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and as necessary, clean and properly seal the passenger side wiper motor connector. Any inoperative wiper motors will be replaced. This service will be provided free of charge. Ford expects to begin on or about may 21, 2012.   Ford's safety recall campaign number is 12s29. Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.Safercar.Gov .  12V-149

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NEWS:  Ford is recalling certain model year 1998-2003 Windstar vehicles

MAY 2012 --  Ford is recalling certain model year 1998-2003 Windstar vehicles manufactured from September 1, 1997, through July 3, 2003, and currently registered or originally sold in Virginia. Over time, corrosion can weaken the rear axle making it susceptible to torsional stress. Corrosion and stress can lead to cracks which, if undetected, can increase and result in a complete fracture of the axle. A fractured axle can affect vehicle handling and increase the risk of a crash. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and install rear axle reinforcement brackets, or replace the axles, as necessary. This service will be performed free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on or about June 18, 2012. Ford's recall campaign number is 10s13. Customers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.Safercar.Gov.  12V-193

MAY 2012 --  Ford is recalling certain model year 1999-2003 Windstar vehicles originally sold in or currently registered in the state of Virginia. Corrosion-related fractures of the front lower control arm rear attaching brackets and body mount attachments may occur. A separation of a front lower control arm rear attaching bracket may result in a lower control arm separation. A separation of both front subframe rear body mounts may result in separation of the steering intermediate shaft. Either condition could result in significant loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect both front lower control arm rear attaching brackets and both body mount attachments at the rear of the front subframe and make the necessary repairs free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on june 18, 2012. Ford's recall campaign number is 11s16. Customers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.Safercar.Gov.   12V-194

MAY 2012 --  Ford is recalling certain model year 1998-2003 Windstar vehicles manufactured from September 1, 1997, through July 3, 2003, registered in Puerto Rico. Due to increased stresses caused by high cycles of torsional loading, specific to this market, the rear axle can crack. A fractured axle may result in a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and install a reinforcement bracket on the rear axle or replace the axles, as necessary. This service will be provided free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on or about may 21, 2012. Ford's safety recall campaign number is 12s30.  Customers may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.Safercar.Gov 12V-195


NEWS:  NHTSA opening investigation into 360,000 Ford Taurus sedans;  2005-2006
Detroit News -- March 11, 2012

MARCH  2012 -- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Sunday said it opening a preliminary investigation into 360,000 2005-2006 Ford Taurus sedans over complaints of stuck throttles because of cruise control cable detachment.

NHTSA said it is has received 14 complaints from Taurus owners that say the engine revved as high as 4,000 RPMs after shifting into park or neutral.

Some complaints say owners had trouble stopping the vehicles - and one owner said the vehicle had traveled partially through a red light before it stopped. Some drivers had to shift into neutral or shut off the car to stop the vehicle.

Ford didn't immediately respond to a request seeking comment. NHTSA didn't identify any crashes or injuries related to the issue in its statement.

In a complaint filed Feb. 15, an owner from Hickory, N.C., said "while coasting uphill and approaching my left turn the (2006 Taurus) began to accelerate. I made the left turn while applying a good amount of force to the brake pedal for fear that I would hit mail boxes and homes."

The owner of a 2005 Taurus told NHTSA in November that when stopped at a light the car started to rev "and could not hold on brakes enough to stop moving. Went through red light , around two cars as speed reached about 70 miles per hour. Both feet on brakes. Could smell them burning," the owner wrote. "Please someone make Ford wake up about this problem before someone is killed. I wouldn't feel right trading it in, for fear of someone else getting killed."

In both complaints, the owners said the problem was a disconnected cruise control cable.
Another owner of a 2005 Taurus videotaped the ride home - as the engine revved to 4000 RPM.  READ MORE >>>

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NEWS:  Ford is recalling certain 2012 Expedition and Lincoln Navigator vehicles

FEBRUARY  2012 -- Ford is recalling certain model year 2012 Expedition and Lincoln Navigator vehicles, manufactured from November 19, 2011, through December 2, 2011, for failing to comply with the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard no. 202, "head restraints." these vehicles may have inadequate welds on the head restraint support brackets for the second row, right-hand seat. In the event of a crash, the seat head restraint may not provide the required strength, increasing the risk of injury. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the head restraints as necessary, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on or about February 20, 2012.  Ford's recall campaign number is 12c22. Customers may contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty: 1-800-424-9153); or go to http://www.Safercar.Gov.  12V-034

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NEWS:   Ford recalls F-650 trucks; Power Train/Axle Assembly 
DETROIT NEWS -- January 14,  2012

JANUARY  2012 -- Ford is recalling certain model year 2011 F-650 trucks, manufactured from February 2, 2011, through February 17, 2011, and equipped with a meritor mfs08 front steer axle. The bolts attaching the steering arm to the steering knuckle were not properly tightened. This condition can result in the steering arm loosening or separating. Loss of steering control may increase the risk of a crash. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the steering arm and steering knuckle, and repair the vehicles as necessary, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin n or before January 18, 2012. Ford safety recall number is 11s26. Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.Safercar.Gov . 12V-009

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NEWS:   Ford recalls 525,000 vehicles for fire, power loss problems 
DETROIT NEWS -- January 11,  2012

JANUARY  2012 -- Ford is recalling certain model year 2004 and 2005 Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey vehicles. The torque converter output shaft may fail. This condition results in a sudden loss of motive power with no warning, increasing the risk of a crash. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the torque converter free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin in the second calendar quarter of 2012. Ford's recall campaign number is 11s25. Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.Safercar.Gov . 12V-006

JANUARY  2012 -- Ford is recalling certain model year 2001-2002 Escape vehicles manufactured from October 22, 1999, through July 19, 2002, equipped with a brake master cylinder reservoir cap that could leak brake fluid. If brake fluid leaks from the cap, it could come in contact with the antilock brake system (abs) module wiring harness connector. Corrosion can develop in the electrical connector leading to melting, smoke or a fire. Dealers will replace the brake master cylinder reservoir cap and the abs electrical system will be modified. Ford expects to notify owners starting the week of January 23, 2012. Due to a parts delay, however, the remedy may not be available at that time. If parts are not available, ford will instruct owners to park their vehicles outside until such time as parts become available. This recall campaign is related to 07v-156. Ford's safety recall number is 11s24. Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.Safercar.Gov . 12V-005

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