Ford Escape, Focus ST, Transit and Lincoln MKC Recalled in North America

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An estimated 160,000 units of the Focus ST pocket rocket and Escape compact CUV are called in by Ford over a problem that affects the wiring harnesses, ultimately translating in stalling. 2013 and 2014 MY cars fitted with the 2L engine make up the recall.
Fortunately enough, Lady Luck smiled upon the owners of the previously mentioned nameplates and no vehicle crashes or injuries have been attributed to the glitchy wiring harness condition. The Blue Oval explains that some harnesses could have been poorly manufactured. These units are prone to send faulty electrical signals to the powertrain control module, a condition that could light up the engine malfunction warning light. In more extreme cases, Ford tells that the motor could lose power, hesitate to start or even stall while the vehicle is being driven.

The Ford Motor Company is also calling back some 1,320 Transit commercial vans from the 2015 model year. These workhorses could leak brake fluid at the joint located between the rear brake caliper and brake hose. Naturally, a situation such as this one would automatically light up the "Brake Fluid Level Low" warning light. If ignored, the condition leads to lesser braking power, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash. A further 610 Ford Transit cargo vans from the 2015 model year are also recalled due to windowless sliding doors which are missing an epoxy reinforcement. No, weather getting in is the smallest problem here. The real hazard is represented by the door unlatching in the case of a side-impact collision. The manufacturer isn't aware of any crashes or injuries related to these two deficiencies.

A separate safety campaign covers 1,300 units of the 2015 Lincoln MKC compact crossover. In an official statement, Ford's luxury division says that the affected vehicles have been equipped with sub-standard windshields that might not meet automotive glass quality regulations. The carmaker explains that these windshields might suffer from bubbles where the air was trapped during manufacturing. Affected owners of the previously mentioned nameplates can find out more about service scheduling and other details by contacting the Ford Motor Company hotline at 800-392-3673 or Lincoln at 800-521-4140.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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