Ford Motor Company is issuing three safety recalls and one safety compliance recall in North America.
The whole cluster of 'em covers almost 500,000 vehicles across North America.
Ford is recalling 230,000 Escape SUVs, Fiesta ST subcompacts, Fusion midsize cars and Transit Connect vans with 1.6-Liter turbocharged engines from 2013 through 2015.
The issue relates to the cooling system.
Ford will mail customers instructions on how to check and refill the coolant. Oil could leak through the crack possibly catching fire, if it comes in contact with a hot surface.
Past year bad door latch recalls cost Ford some $640 million, the AP said. The automaker says the cars are fine to drive, but to watch out for coolant leaks and monitor coolant levels.
Ford said dealers will replace all four side door latches.
The additional units covered by the door latch recall are certain versions of the 2014 Fiesta, 2013 and 2014 Fusion and 2013 and 2014 Lincoln MKZ. A door latch with a fractured pawl spring tab typically results in a "door will not close" condition. A door that isn't properly shut could become a big ol' safety hazard in the event of a collision.
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No injuries have been reported in connection with the coolant issue.
The fix is rather easy.
Ford said there have been no injuries so far attributed to the bad latches, which can sometimes prevent the door from fully closing or cause it to open suddenly while the vehicle is in motion.
You can thank mechanical physics for this recall. The problem occurs at 75 miles per hour and above, Ford said.
Replacing the driveshaft is all it takes to remedy the problem.
Dealers will replace the two-piece driveshaft with a new three-piece driveshaft and two center bearing brackets at no charge to the customer.
Ford's final recall of the bunch affects just 111 examples of the 2017 Edge crossover. Vehicles with an improperly welded windshield header may have reduced lateral structural integrity, potentially increasing the risk of injury in a side-impact crash. A door that opens while driving increases the risk of injury.