Ford Recalls 202,241 Vehicles for Fire Risk, Airbag Non-Deployment, Stalling | Edmunds

Ford Recalls 202,241 Vehicles for Fire Risk, Airbag Non-Deployment, Stalling


DEARBORN, Michigan — Ford Motor Co. on Tuesday said it is recalling 202,241 vehicles in North America in five separate campaigns for a variety of problems ranging from fire risk to airbag non-deployment.

The largest of the five recalls involves 134,947 2014 Ford Flex crossovers and Ford F-150 pickup trucks for a problem that could result in the non-deployment of the passenger airbag in certain frontal crashes, if an adult is in the passenger seat.

"This may increase the risk of injury in certain frontal crashes," Ford said in a statement posted on its Web site.

The company is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the recall. The recall begins the week of November 24.

Ford dealers will widen the gap between the manual seat frame and seat track assembly, then calibrate the seat occupant classification system.

Ford is also recalling 27,597 2014 Ford Transit Connect vehicles for a fuel-line problem that could cause a fuel leak.

"A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire," Ford said.

Ford said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this problem.

Ford dealers will inspect the fuel lines and reroute and replace them, if necessary. The recall begins the week of November 17.

Ford also issued a recall for 38,645 2005-'11 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car sedans because they may have been improperly repaired during a previous recall for a problem with the lower intermediate steering shaft.

"This improper repair could potentially result in a loss of steering," the company said. "Ford is aware of one accident and no injuries attributed to this condition."

Ford dealers will inspect and replace the upper intermediate steering shaft. They will also inspect the steering column lower bearing and install a bearing retainer kit. The recall begins the week of November 17.

In a separate 2014 Ford F-150 recall, Ford is calling back 960 trucks for a brake pedal position switch problem.

The switch may be incorrectly adjusted, possibly resulting in a delay or non-illumination of the brake lights when the brake pedal is depressed.

"Drivers may need to use additional brake pressure to disengage the cruise control system, so Ford is advising customers not to use cruise control until the vehicle has been repaired," the company said.

There are no accidents or injuries linked to this recall. The recall begins the week of November 24.

The smallest recall involves 92 2015 Ford Transit vehicles.

In this instance, the bracket that holds the fuel filter to the frame may become detached over time, resulting in a knocking sound or an engine stall due to fuel starvation.

"An unexpected engine stall while driving, with the inability to restart the engine, may lead to an increased risk of a crash," Ford said.

Ford said there are no accidents or injuries linked to the recall. The recall begins the week of December 15.

No information about the recalls has been posted on the Web site of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle safety in the U.S.

Owners can contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.

Edmunds says: There are various start dates for these five Ford recalls. If you have a concern in the meantime, it's best to contact your dealer.

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