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Ford Recalls 200k Vehicles Over a Variety of Problems

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On: Tue, Nov 11, 2014 at 12:39PM | By: Teddy Field

Ford Recalls 200k Vehicles Over a Variety of Problems

In this week’s episode of 1000 Ways to Die, Ford recalls the 2014 Ford F-150, 2014 Ford Flex, 2014 Ford Transit, 2015 Ford Transit, 2005-2011 Ford Crown Victoria, 2005-2011 Lincoln Town Car, and 2005-2011 Mercury Grand Marquis. Problems range from a loss of steering control to malfunctioning airbag sensors. There’s even a recall to fix problems from a previous recall! Making thousands of individual parts work together isn’t easy. And with over eight million cars currently under recall, it’s starting to look like the world’s automakers aren’t quite up to the task. So let’s see how your Ford can harm you…

202,241 Ford vehicles are affected by five separate recalls (apparently Ford is apparently adopting the Recall Bundle strategy), which brings Dearborn’s 2014 recall count to 35, affecting some 4.3 million vehicles. To make things simple, we’ll crack open the bundle and look at each recall separately.

Recall 1 - 134,947 copies of the 2014 Ford F150 & 2014 Ford Flex (113,418 of these were sold in the U.S). This campaign was started to fix malfunctioning passenger seat airbag sensors. The purpose of these sensors is to detect the size and weight of the person in the passenger seat; that way the computer can adjust the airbag deployment force, preventing the bag from injuring smaller passengers/children. If it doesn’t work, the passenger airbag may not even deploy in a crash. No injuries or deaths have been linked to this issue.

Recall 2 - 960 copies of the 2014 Ford F150. This recall is for an improperly adjusted brake pedal position switch, which can cause the brake lights to either not work, or their illumination to be delayed once the brake pedal is depressed. It can also require the driver to use additional pedal pressure in order to disengage the cruise control. Ford is advising owners to disengage the cruise control using the steering wheel switch until their vehicle is repaired.

Recall 3 - 92 copies of the diesel-powered 2015 Ford Transit van are being recalled to replace a bad bracket that is supposed to hold the fuel filter to the frame. Over time, the bracket could become detached from the frame, causing the engine to starve for fuel and stall while driving. This could obviously lead to an accident, but Ford says that none have been reported.

Recall 4 - 27,597 copies of the 2014 Ford Transit Connect van, equipped with the 2.5L gas engine (25,236 of these were sold in the U.S). This recall was issued because the fuel and vapor lines weren’t routed correctly, and they could rub together causing a fuel leak. Naturally, a fuel leak combined with an ignition source could result in a fire. Although none have been reported.

Bonus - Recall to fix a recall fix - This covers 38,645 copies of the 2005-2011 Ford Crown Victoria, 2005-2011 Lincoln Town Car, and 2005-2011 Mercury Grand Marquis. In 2013, Ford recalled 355k of their RWD sedans because “severe corrosion can seize the lower intermediate shaft which may cause the upper intermediate shaft to collapse and the steering column lower bearing to separate.” If this happens, the steering system won’t work, and the driver could lose control. After one of the repaired cars crashed, the cause was linked to the recall repair, and Ford was able to determine that 38k vehicles received the faulty fix. Dealers have been instructed to replace the upper intermediate steering shaft (if necessary), and install a bearing retainer kit (if necessary).

Ford will begin notifying owners shortly, and their local dealers will perform the necessary repairs free of charge.

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