Recall roundup: Almost half a million Ford vehicles image

The North American based automaker Ford has recently issued two separate recalls for almost half a million units, one of them caused by salt used to melt snow on the roads.

The first recall is affecting a total of 385,750 units of the Ford Escape in the Northeast, Midwest and Canada, because of the subframe which could rust and fail. The problem has been blamed on the road salt which is used in those areas. Out of the total mentioned above, 349,000 affected vehicles are in the United States. In order to remedy this problem, the company’s dealerships will be installing a reinforcement cross brace on the frame to strengthen them.

No reports of crashes or injuries have been received related to this recall. The Ford Escape models affected are from the 2001-2004 model years. The second recall is affecting the Ford Escape, The Fusion and the C-Max, along with the Lincoln MKZ. A total of 48,950 units of these models have welds in the seatbacks that don’t meet the NHTSA standards. This is affecting the front seats and they can increase the risk of injury. 42,972 units have been sold in the U.S. and 4,744 in Canada. If you own one of the vehicles mentioned above, you can contact the NHTSA hotline at 1-888-327-4236 for more details.