April 30, 2015
Ford Institutes Massive Recall For Four Separate Issues

Ford Motor Company has issued a massive recall for four separate issues their vehicles are suffering.

Reuters is reporting the massive recall will affect almost 591,000 different vehicles. They have issued the first issue of the massive recall for 518,313 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans from model years 2013-2015 and Ford Edge crossover vehicle from 2015 because of a possible issue with corroding steering gear motor bolts. If this bolt breaks, the car is still steerable, but it would be in manual mode, making it more difficult to control.

Ford has reported they were not aware of any accidents or injuries due to this massive recall. Ford will replace any bolts and any damaged steering gear at no cost. For customers that live in non-corrosive states or provinces, those vehicles will be covered by the extended warranty. Of these vehicles, 487,301 are in the United States and its territories, and 31,012 are in Canada.

Ford's second item of the massive recall involves 50,157 Ford Focus, Edge, Escape, and Transit Connect vehicles from 2014 model year and Fiesta cars from 2014-2015. This issue involves the nickel plating on the fuel pump, which could cause the fuel pump to seize. These vehicles may either fail to start or stall while in operation. Ford has reported knowledge of one instance of this issue.

Of the vehicles, 45,505 are in the United States, 4,618 are in Canada, and 34 are in Mexico. Due to the massive recall, affected vehicles will have the fuel pump replaced at no cost to the customer.

The Washington Post reports that the third issue of the massive recall for 2015 Lincoln MKZ. The issue here is that the park lamps. When the headlights are engaged, the park lamps illuminate brighter than allowed by federal law, causing vision problems for oncoming drivers. Ford reports having no knowledge of any accidents or injuries due to the massive recall. It affects 21,435 vehicles in the United States, 1,066 in Canada, and 115 in Mexico.

Ford said dealers will update the body control module software, which controls the brightness of the park lamps, at no cost to the customer.

The last issue of the massive recall is for the 2015 Ford F-150. This issue is the underbody heat shield for the F-150. In some cases, the heat shield was either improperly installed or not installed at all, increasing the risk of a fire. This affects 73 vehicles in the United States and 13 in Canada. Ford says there are no reports of any accidents or injuries due to this issue.

Ford said the vehicles affected will be identified and emails sent to the owners, so these vehicles affected by the massive recall can be taken to a Ford dealership and the issue resolved at no cost to the owners.

If you have any questions about the recalls, or your Ford or Lincoln vehicle, you can contact Ford customer service at 800-392-3673 or Lincoln customer service at 800-521-4140.

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