Ford Announces Three Safety Recalls in North America

Ford Announces Three Safety Recalls in North America

Ford has announced three separate recalls affecting various vehicles in its lineup.

The first recall affects approximately 38,000 2015-2016 Ford Transit vehicles in North America. According to the American automaker, the Ford Transit is being recalled to inspect and adjust side-curtain airbags as needed. In some vehicles, it is possible the side-curtain airbags are positioned incorrectly on either or both sides of the vehicle. As a result, it may affect the performance of the side-curtain airbags in the case of an accident, increasing the risk of injury in a crash. Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue.

Affected vehicles include certain 2015-2016 low-roof Ford Transit vehicles built at the company’s Kansas City Assembly Plant between March 12, 2014, through March 18, 2016. In the U.S. there are 37,066 affected units, while 839 are in Canada.

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The second recall affects approximately 5,500 2015-2016 Lincoln MKC and 2016 Ford Explorer vehicles so the American automaker can remove the heaters and replace them with an updated design. Ford says the engine block design coupled with the particular block heater installed in the affected vehicles causes the unit to be susceptible to overheating when the vehicle is parked and the block heater is plugged in. The issue can increase the risk of an underhood fire.

Affected Lincoln MKC vehicles were built between November 25, 2013, through January 25, 2016, at Louisville Assembly Plant, while the 2016 Ford Explorer were assembled at the Chicago Assembly Plant from October 20, 2014, through January 28, 2016. In total, 3,129 Lincoln MKC units are affected by the recall and 2,407 Ford Explorer vehicles. No accidents or injuries related to the issue have been reported.

The third and final recall affects 4,764 Ford F-650 and F-750 vehicles with 4,654 in the U.S. and 110 in Canada. For this recall, Ford will replace the parking brake cable connector clips. In some vehicles, the clips were not manufactured to the correct specification and could break, resulting in unintended movement of the vehicle, increasing the risk of an injury. No accidents, injuries or fires related to this condition have been reported.

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