Ford has announced no less than six separate recall campaigns for a lot of its models.
According to the car manufacturer, the largest recall is affecting the 1998 to 2003 Windstar and these will have to be taken back to the dealers because of a combination of corrosion and stress which can cause cracks in the rear axle. If this happens, this might snap completely. A small number of accidents are believed to be connected to this issue but no injuries have been reported. The number of affected models is 342,271, out of which 283,413 are in the U.S. and 58,858 in Canada.
The next campaign announced by Ford is covering the 2015 F-150, for a problem with the adaptive cruise control. A total of 36,857 units are affected, out of which 33,481 are in the U.S. and 3,376 are in Canada. The carmaker says that the radar system can misidentify a semi as being in the same lane as the Ford model “when passing a large, highly reflective truck”. One report of an accident has been received but no one has been injured. The adaptive cruise control module software will be updated free of charge.
Next, the blue oval is recalling the 2016 F-53 and F-59 stripped chassis vehicles, in a total of 1,477 examples. All of them are found in the United States and these will have to be taken back to the dealers because they might shift into reverse without the driver applying the brakes first. The models will get a new transmission shift control bracket and an adjustment to the shift cable to fix the issue. Ford is also recalling the 2016 Fusion and Lincoln MKZ, in 708 units, 658 in the U.S., 28 in Canada and 22 in Mexico, because of a manufacturing problem with the fuel tank, which can crack in a crash.
The fifth recall is referring to the 2015 Taurus and Lincoln MKS, and to the 2016 Explorer. There are 251 vehicles affected, out of which 203 are in the U.S. and 48 in Canada. This condition is affecting the fuel tank attachment bolts which might not be tight enough and might lead to a possible fracture. The fix will simply tighten the bolts. No reports of injuries have been related to this condition. Last but not least, Ford is announcing a recall for the 2001 to 2008 Escape and Mercury Mariner, in 69 units, with 57 in the U.S., 11 in Canada and 1 in Mexico. These models have a remanufactured transmission in which the shift control lever bolt may not have been tightened properly. Because of this, the gearshift may come out of the gearbox without warning. Dealers will be tightening the bolt to fix the problem.