Two Ford Recalls Address Fuel Pump Issues

Dearborn, Mich. — Oct. 05, 2016 — A pair of Ford recalls will address a wide range of vehicles produced for recent model years. In a single press release, the manufacturer announced the different actions, which include police vehicles as well as other models. Two of these were safety recalls centered around problems with fuel pumps.

The first of these involved control modules that could unexpectedly stall engines. Of the two recalls, this impacted the largest amount of models, affecting the Ford Flex, Taurus and Police Interceptor units, as well as Lincoln MKS and MKT vehicles, for a total population of 88,151 autos. Model years for all of these units in the first recall ranged from 2013 to 2015.

The other recall concerned 2,472 2015 and 2016 Ford Transit vehicles. While engines in these units could also potentially stall, the release said the cause was different: In this case, the problem came from malfunctioning fuel injection pumps.

Neither of these recalls have been connected to any accident reports, as far as Ford is aware. In each case, dealers will inspect and replace compromised parts.

Ford conducted another recall for 2015 Ford Transit models earlier this year. According to documents filed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, these vans could potentially contain deteriorating lift platforms, making it difficult to bring wheelchairs into the vans. The Part 573 Safety Recall Report said that the platform pivot plates in these vehicles would have visible cracking.

Although this last recall involved Ford vehicles, it came from the Massachusetts-based manufacturer New England Wheels. At the time of release, May 17, the report said that it could not list specific remedy details, with component supplier Ricon explaining the process in an April 29 notice instead.

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Acceleration Problems Affect Some Mitsubishi Vehicles in Recall

Cypress, Calif. — Oct. 04, 2016 — One of the latest Mitsubishi recalls involves concerns over possible problems that might appear during acceleration. Earlier this year, between January and February, the manufacturer reportedly received claims of stopping vehicles, according to documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Part 573 Safety Recall Report includes 82,436 potentially affected vehicles, including the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and 2016 Outlander Sport, Outlander and Lancer models. The combined production dates range from Jun. 25, 2014 to Jul. 8, 2016.

In these autos, the Constant Velocity Transmission system could lead to a hesitant acceleration. As the source described, this is due to a temporary loss of signal in the range switch and could require dealers to reprogram the CVT-ECU to disregard the signal loss.

To address the problem, the manufacturer addressed range switches in the affected models on different dates in 2016: the Outlander and Lancer vehicles on Feb. 22 and the the Outlander Sport on April 6. A new spring will reportedly keep the range switch from losing signal momentarily.

The manufacturer notice for dealers said that the engine in affected vehicles will reduce engine torque when the range switch loses its signal. Dealers were cautioned to ensure that vehicles aren’t delivered without being repaired first. They were also advised to use a backup battery during the reprogramming procedure to keep a steady power supply at all times.

Although all of the vehicles were included in a single report, an Advance Technical Information Notice stated that two different campaign numbers are involved. The 2015 Outlander Sport is part of campaign C1606Z, while the 2016 vehicles are included under C1607Z.

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