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Ford recalls more than 441k vehicles

The recalls cover three separate safety issues

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Ford Motor Company is recalling more than 441,00 vehicles for a variety of safety issues.

The first is for approximately 230,000 model year 2014 Ford Escape, 2014-15 Ford Fiesta ST, 2013-14 Ford Fusion and 2013-15 Ford Transit Connect vehicles equipped with 1.6-liter GTDI engines.

A lack of coolant circulation could cause an engine to overheat, resulting in a crack in the cylinder head. A cracked cylinder head can result in a pressurized oil leak. Oil that comes into contact with a hot engine surface increases the risk of a fire in the engine compartment.

Ford says there have been 29 reports of fire associated with this issue in the U.S. and Canada. No injuries have been reported.

What to do

Ford will instructions from the owner’s manual on how to check and refill coolant. Owners can continue to drive their vehicles, but should see their dealer if their vehicle exhibits a coolant leak, overheating or frequently needs coolant added.

When service kits are available, dealers will install a coolant level sensor with supporting hardware and software at no charge to the customer.

Ford's reference number for this recall is 17S09.

In the second instance, Ford is expanding a previously announced safety recall regarding door latches to include approximately 211,000 more vehicles, including model year 2014 Ford Fiesta, 2013-14 Ford Fusion and 2013-14 Lincoln MKZ vehicles.

The pawl spring tab in the side door latch could break, resulting in a “door will not close” condition. A door that opens during driving increases the risk of injury.

What to do

Dealers will replace all four side door latches with a more robust service door latch at no cost to the customer.

Ford's reference number for this recall is 15S16.

Finally, Ford is issuing a recall for approximately 548 model year 2017 Ford F-450 and F-550 vehicles.

The recalled vehicles may experience driveline vibration caused by a powertrain system resonance condition at speeds above 75 mph. Continued operation of a vehicle at these speeds could result in a resonance frequency that may fracture transmission and/or driveline components.

Fracture of the transmission and/or driveline components may result in a loss of motive power without warning while driving, or unintended vehicle movement in park if the parking brake is not applied, increasing the risk of injury or crash.

What to do

Dealers will replace the two-piece driveshaft with a new three-piece driveshaft and two center bearing brackets at no charge to the customer.

The Ford reference number for this recall is 17S08.

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