April 30, 2015
Ford Recalls More Than 600,000 Vehicles

Ford is recalling more than 600,000 vehicles, which were sold in the United States and Canada. Although the numbers are daunting, company officials said the potential issues have not caused any serious accidents or injuries to date.

Within the last week, Ford issued a total of five recalls -- which include more than 600,000 passenger vehicles.

As reported by Auto Blog, the most extensive recall, which includes 518,313 vehicles, covers Ford Fusion, Edge, and Lincoln MKZ sedans manufactured between 2013 and 2015.

According to Ford, cold weather conditions may cause bolts inside the steering gear motor to corrode. As a result, the vehicles' power steering could ultimately fail. Although the manual steering will not be affected, the vehicles may be difficult to control.

As reported by Auto Blog, Ford also issued a recall of 390,000 Fiesta, Fusion, and Lincoln MKZ vehicles manufactured between 2013 and 2014. The recall was prompted by spring tabs, which are located inside the vehicles' doors.

As the spring tabs are faulty, they may prevent the door from closing or cause them to "come open again without warning." Although Ford has received three reports of issues pertaining to spring tabs, the reports are considered "minor" as nobody was injured.

Another recall includes 50,151 Ford Edge, Escape, Fiesta, Focus, and Transit Connect vehicles, which were manufactured between 2014 and 2015. As reported by Toronto Sun, the recall was prompted by an issue with nickel plating inside the vehicles' fuel pumps.

According to reports, the nickel plating may flake off and interfere with moving parts. As a result the fuel pump could seize during operation. The automaker has received notice of "one incident that may be related to this issue." However, the report was not confirmed.

Ford also announced a recall involving a total of 22,616 Lincoln MKZ vehicles, which were all manufactured in 2015. The recall is related to parking lamps, which may be set brighter than allowed by federal regulations. As a result, oncoming drivers may experience visual disturbances.

The final recall includes 91 Ford F-150 trucks manufactured in 2015. The recall was prompted by faulty heat shields, which may fail and cause overheating. As a result, these vehicles may be at risk of catching on fire.

Although the Ford recalls are extensive, company officials said the issues have not caused any serious injuries. Ford said vehicle owners affected by the recall will be notified via mail.

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