Ford issues four recalls, covering over 665K vehicles

Ford issues four recalls, covering over 665K vehicles

The most wide-ranging issue affects about 550,000 vehicles sold throughout North America.

The recalls cover braking seal leaks, corrosion of battery junctions, loss of power steering and seat belt restraint issues. The new 2020 Explorer and Lincoln Aviator are also part of this recall, but only models with rear outboard seats that feature manual recliners are included.

Ford says the trucks may not have a third mechanical component called a pawl that is needed for seat strength, increasing the risk of injury in a crash. Affected models were produced as early as September 2018 and as late as August 2 of this year.

The fourth and final recall notice calls attention to an issue in the brake system for over 2,600 2019 Ford Fiestas, reference number 19-S-27.

As with all recalls, customers are asked to bring their vehicles in to a Ford service centre, where they will be inspected and repaired free of charge. Read: lots of snow and plenty of road salt. These vehicles may experience a potential loss of power steering assistance.

Ford also issued a recall for certain 2013-16 Ford Fusion, 2013-16 Lincoln MKZ, 2015-16 Ford Edge and 2016 Lincoln MKX vehicles in the US and Canadian provinces with high-corrosion environments. This may lead to the motor assembly detaching from the housing, and the vehicle losing power steering assist.

The fix: Dealers will replace steering gear motor-attachment bolts and apply wax sealer.

The company said there have been no accidents or serious injuries associated with the recalls. If one or more of the steering gear motor-attachment bolts are broken or missing, dealers will install a new steering gear in the vehicle.

The second recall involves select 2012-13 Ford Fiestas sold in six Canadian provinces, including Ontario. The exposure could produce a brake caliper leak, which in turn, may reduce brake functions and cause pads to overheat.

Dealers will flush the brake fluid and replace the front brake calipers and brake lines at no cost to customers. The Ford reference code is 19-S-28. In total, 13,564 cars may have corroding battery junction boxes in certain provinces. Relay or fuse corrosion may lead to the loss of low-beam headlights while driving and daytime running lights may not work.

Dealers will clean the battery junction box, install foam sealing to the cover and replace any corroded fuses, terminals or relays.

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