Ford recalls around 48,000 cars in North America over three separate problems image

Ford issued three safety recalls covering around 48,000 cars in North America, most of them being its Transit vans, over some airbag issues.

The first safety action targets around 38,000 2015-2016 low-roof Ford Transit vans to inspect their side-curtain airbags. In some models, the side-curtain inflators may be positioned incorrectly on either or both sides, which may disrupt the way the airbags are being deployed, thus increasing the risk of injury in a crash. Ford said that it was not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue. Affected vehicles include certain 2015-2016 low-roof Transits built at Kansas City Assembly Plant, March 12, 2014 through March 18, 2016. There are 37,905 models affected, including 37,066 in the United States and federalized territories and 839 in Canada. Dealers will inspect and adjust the side-curtain airbags to the correct position as needed at no cost for the customer.

The second recall is for approximately 5,500 2015-2016 Lincoln MKC and 2016 Ford Explorer vehicles to remove the heaters and replace them with an updated design. The engine block design, coupled with the particular block heater installed in these models, causes the unit to be susceptible to overheating when the car is parked and the block heater is plugged in, increasing the risk of an underhood fire. There were two fires reports in Canada, but the automaker is not aware of any injuries caused by the problem.

Targeted vehicles include certain 2015-2016 Lincoln MKC made at Louisville Assembly Plant, Nov. 25, 2013 through Jan. 25, 2016 and some 2016 Explorer SUVs built at Chicago Assembly Plant, Oct. 20, 2014 through Jan. 28, 2016. There are 5,536 vehicles with this issue, including 3,129 2015-2016 Lincoln MKC and 2,407 2016 Explorers, with 1,543 of the affected vehicles in the United States and federalized territories and 3,993 in Canada. Ford’s dealers will remove and replace the engine block heater with an updated design and, if needed, replace the cord.

Finally, in some 4,800 Ford F-650 and F-750 vehicles the parking brake cable connector clips need to be changed, because the connector clips were not manufactured to the correct specifications and could break. The issue was found in certain 2015-2016 Ford F-650 and F-750 vehicles built at Escobedo Assembly Plant, Jan. 28, 2015 through April 23, 2015, and Ohio Assembly Plant, Jan. 31, 2015 through Nov. 30, 2015. There are 4,764 vehicles affected, including 4,654 in the United States and federalized territories and 110 in Canada.