Ford recalls vehicles with defective torque converters

 

Dearborn, Mich. – July 20, 2018 – Ford Motor Company has recalled more than two dozen vehicles potentially equipped with defective torque converters, according to documentation submitted to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

The campaign affects 2017-2018 Ford Edge sport utility vehicles produced between July 28, 2017, and March 8, 2018, as well as 2017 Lincoln MKZ sport utility vehicles manufactured between Aug. 24, 2017. The American automaker suspects all of the vehicles referenced in the action contain the defective parts.

The Defect

The affected vehicles contain two-liter engines with torque converters with defective welds prone to breakage. In the event that these joints collapse, the torque converter may disconnect from the engine flexplate, leading to the loss of motive power and increasing the likelihood of an accident. This defect therefore poses a serious hazard to occupants.

However, Ford has yet to receive reports connecting the problematic components to any accidents or injuries.

Timeline of Events

Members of the Ford Critical Concern Review Group received a report in May 2018 that outlined in instance in which a vehicle owner brought his car in for service to repair broken torque converter welds. The torque converter in this vehicle had been recalled in an earlier campaign but was apparently not quarantined during production. An investigation revealed that assembly personnel had mishandled the component and installed it in a new transmission.

Ford engineers discovered that this misstep had been made more than two dozen times.

The Ford Field Review Committee took up the issue June 4, 2018, and chose to call for an immediate voluntary recall. The automaker informed dealers of the forthcoming action June 11, 2018.

The Solution

Ford directed dealers to replace the torque converters in affected vehicles free of charge, according to an NHTSA recall acknowledgement document. The car company reached out to owners via first-class mail between June 25, 2018, and June 29, 2018.

Those still in need of assistance can speak with Ford customer service personnel by calling (866) 436-7332. Callers should use the internal recall reference code 17S16. Owners can also connect with the NHTSA directly using the agency’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

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Ford recalls 550,000 Escape, Fusion vehicles over rollaway concerns

Ford recalls 550,000 Escape, Fusion vehicles over rollaway concerns

Ford has issued a recall covering approximately 550,000 examples of the 2013-2016 Ford Fusion sedan and the 2013-2014 Ford Escape SUV…The problem stems from the transmission — or, rather, a part connected to it. A bushing responsible for holding the shifter cable in the transmission might detach. If that happens, the transmission might be in a different gear than what the driver may think it’s in. For example, you might put the car in Park, and the dashboard would show Park, but the car would still be in gear…Read more on CNet.com/roadshow

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Ford recalls vehicles with defective brake components

 

Dearborn, Mich. – July 13, 2018 – Ford Motor Company has recalled more than 1,400 vehicles potentially equipped with defective brake components, according to documentation submitted to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

The campaign affects 2018 Ford F-650 and F-750 Super Duty pickup trucks produced between Jan. 26, 2018, and March 13, 2018. The American automaker suspects all of the vehicles involved in the action contain the defective components.

The Defect

The affected models feature primary and secondary brake hose assemblies with ineffective corrosion coating. These fixtures, which are located near the master cylinder and hydraulic control unit, are susceptible to crippling oxidization as a result. In the event that this does occur, brake fluid leakage could occur, eventually resulting in drastically reduced braking functionality.

This defect increases the likelihood of an accident and therefore poses a serious safety hazard to occupants. However, Ford has yet to receive field reports connecting the defect to any accidents or injuries.

Timeline of Events

Members of the Ford Critical Concern Review Group received a report in March 2018 that referenced a vendor communication that seemed to indicate some vehicles had been equipped with defective brake hose assemblies.

The Mexican supplier Martinrea International had explained that numerous brake hoses had been shipped from its facility in Saltillo, Mexico to a Ford assembly site Avon Lake, Ohio without proper corrosion coating. The vendor had also informed Ford engineers that the hoses would lose 50 percent of their metal thickness over the course of 4.5 years.

The CCRG reviewed this information, along with internal test results from the Ford engineering group, and requested additional information. Throughout April and May 2018, engineers from both Ford and Martinrea International performed additional assessments and looked over production and shipment logs to determine the breadth of the problem.

The CCRG reconvened June 4, 2018, and decided that a voluntary safety recall was necessary.

Ford notified dealers of the impending action June 12, 2018.

The Solution

The automaker has directed dealers to replace the brake hose assemblies in affected vehicles free of charge, according to an NHTSA recall acknowledgement document. Ford will reach out to dealers via first-class mail between July 9, 2018, and July 13, 2018.

Owners in need of additional assistance can speak with Ford customer service personnel by calling (866) 436-7332. Callers should use the internal recall reference code 18S19. Owners may also connect with the NHTSA directly using the agency’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

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Ford recalls vehicles with defective fuel pumps

 

Dearborn, Mich. – July 11, 2018 – Ford Motor Company has recalled more than 5,600 vehicles potentially equipped with defective fuel pump assemblies, according to documentation submitted to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects models across multiple brands, including:

  • 2018 Ford Expedition sport utility vehicles produced between March 14, 2018, and April 12, 2018.
  • 2018 Ford F-150 pickup trucks produced between March 14, 2018, and April 24, 2018.
  • 2018 Lincoln Navigator sport utility vehicles produced between Feb. 20, 2018, and May 6, 2018.

The American automaker is unsure how many of the recalled vehicles actually contain defective components.

The Defect

Affected vehicles contain high-pressure fuel pump assemblies with potentially problematic welds connecting pump housings and mounting flanges. These joints may experience high-cycle fatigue and eventually crack. In the event that such separation occurs, the sealing integrity of nearby cam covers may be compromised, resulting in oil spillage and increasing the likelihood of engine fire. The defect therefore poses a serious hazard to occupants. However, Ford has yet to receive reports connecting the defective fuel pump assemblies to any accidents or injuries.

Timeline of Events

Members of the Ford Critical Concern Review Group convened in May 2018 to discuss an internal quality assurance report that detailed multiple instances in which high-pressure fuel pumps were welded with misaligned lasers, resulting in problematic welds joining the pump housings and mounting flanges. Pump supplier Robert Bosch had spotted the issue and informed QA personnel, who then brought the issue to the attention of the CCR.

Following the CCR meeting, Ford initiated tests to determine the engineering impact of the potentially defective parts. This inquiry revealed that weld breakage and subsequent oil spillage were possible. A computer simulation confirmed this finding. The Ford Field Review Committee took up the issue June 4, 2018, and decided that a voluntary safety recall was necessary.

Ford notified dealers of the forthcoming action June 12, 2018.

The Solution

The car manufacturer will replace the high-pressure fuel pumps in affected vehicles free of charge, according to an NHTSA recall acknowledgment document. Ford intends to reach out to owners via first-class mail between July 16, 2018, and July 20, 2018. Owners in need of assistance prior to the start of the campaign can connect with Ford customer service personnel by calling (866) 436-7332. Callers should use the internal recall reference code 18S17. Individuals in possession of the recalled vehicles also contact the NHTSA directly using the agency’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

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2018 Ford F-150: Recall Alert

2018 Ford F-150: Recall Alert

Vehicles Affected: Model-year 2018 Ford F-150 pickup trucks are among approximately 5,600 Ford and Lincoln vehicles being recalled for a fuel pump issue. Affected vehicles are model-year 2018 F-150 pickup trucks built at the Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan between March 14 and April 24, 2018, as well as at the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri between March 20 and April 17, 2018; Ford Expedition SUVs built at the Kentucky Truck Plant between March 14 and April 12, 2018; and model-year 2018 Lincoln Navigator SUVs built at the Kentucky Truck Plant between Feb. 20 and May 6, 2018; all vehicles are equipped with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine

The Problem: The high-pressure fuel pump assembly may have inadequate welds between the pump housing and its mounting flange, causing the welds to the vehicles to be susceptible to high-cycle fatigue fractures that could cause the fuel pump to move relative to its mounting flange, resulting in eventual loss of the sealing integrity of the cam cover or the fuel lines and an oil or fuel leak, increasing the risk of fire…Read more on PickupTrucks.com

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Ford recalls vehicles defective parking brakes

Dearborn, Mich. – Ford Motor Company has recalled more than 150 vehicles potentially equipped with defective parking brake assemblies, according to documentation submitted to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects Ford F-650 and F-750 diesel and gasoline vehicles produced between March 28, 2018, and April 17, 2018. Ford suspects all of the models referenced in the action contain the defective components.
The Defect
Affected vehicles include improperly calibrated hydraulic or electric brake cables that do not meet tension requirements. Consequently, the cables could become loose and interfere with transmission functionality, specifically the park setting. Should this happen, unintended vehicle movement might occur, increasing the likelihood of an accident. That said, the automaker has yet to receive reports connecting the defect to accidents or injuries.
In addition to posing a safety hazard to occupants, the defective fixtures violate Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 105, Section 5, which states that “the parking brake system on a multipurpose passenger vehicle, truck or bus (other than a school bus) with a gross vehicle weight rating of 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds) or less shall be capable of holding the vehicle stationary for 5 minutes.”
Timeline of Events
The Ford Critical Concern Review Group on April 26, 2018, received a report outlining an instance in which a vehicle was equipped with defective brake cables that did not meet factory tension requirements. Engineers reviewed the concern and found that installation personnel had used improperly calibrated tension gauges. This discovery prompted Ford to assess the impact these features might have on vehicle driveability. At the same time, potentially affected vehicles were quarantined. Over the course of May 2018, Ford conducted statistical analysis on the defective cables to ascertain how they might impact various builds, including disparate axle, tire and transmission assemblies.
On May 14, members of the Field Review Committee evaluated the matter and chose to launch a voluntary safety recall. Ford notified dealers May 18.
The Solution
Ford has directed dealerships to adjust the brake cables in affected vehicles free of charge, according to an NHTSA recall acknowledgement document. The automaker intends to notify owners between May 21 and May 25. Owners in need of additional assistance can connect with Ford customer service personnel at (866) 436-7332. Callers should use the internal recall identification code 18C05. Owners can also contact the NHTSA directly using the agency’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.
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2017-2018 Ford F-150 and 2018 Expedition, Mustang, Lincoln Navigator: Recall Alert

Cars.com – April 6, 2018

2017-2018 Ford F-150 and 2018 Expedition, Mustang, Lincoln Navigator: Recall Alert

Vehicles Affected: Approximately 140 model-year 2017-18 Ford F-150 pickup trucks manufactured at Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan between Oct. 20, 2016, and March 5, 2018, and at the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri between Dec. 22, 2017, and Feb. 26, 2018; model-year 2018 Expedition SUVs manufactured at the Kentucky Truck Plant between Nov. 28, 2017, and Feb. 14, 2018; model-year 2018 Mustang muscle cars manufactured at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan between Nov. 6, 2017, and Feb. 12, 2018; and model-year 2018 Lincoln Navigator SUVs manufactured at the Kentucky Truck Plant between Dec. 13, 2017, and March 8, 2018

The Problem: A potentially missing roll pin that attaches the park pawl rod guide cup to the transmission case may cause the transmission to eventually lose the Park function even when the shifter and instrument panel display indicate the vehicle is in Park. This condition would allow the ignition key to be removed, with no instrument-panel warning message or warning chime when the driver’s door is opened that indicates the vehicle is not secured in Park. If the parking brake is not applied, this could result in unintended vehicle movement, increasing the risk of an injury or a crash.

Ford stated that is not aware of any reports of accidents or injuries related to this condition…

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Ford recalls locally made Tauruses

NWI Times – March 15, 2018

Ford recalls locally made Tauruses

Ford is recalling locally made Taurus sedans because of an issue where ignition keys can be removed when the gear shift is not in park.The defective vehicles were made at the Chicago Assembly Plant in Hegewisch between July 21 and Feb. 13. An estimated 2,100 2017-2018 Ford Taurus sedans are covered by the safety recall…

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Ford Recalls 1.3 Million Vehicles Because Their Steering Wheels May Fall Off

Fortune – March 15, 2018

Ford Recalls 1.3 Million Vehicles Because Their Steering Wheels May Fall Off

Ford (F, -1.48%) issued the recall on Wednesday, related to an issue with steering wheels on some cars. Over 1.3 million cars are being recalled across the U.S., covering the 2014 through 2018 models of Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ cars built in Michigan and Mexico. Cars in Canada and Mexico are also being recalled…

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Loose steering wheels trigger Ford recall of 1.4M Fusion, Lincoln MKZ cars

USA Today – March 14, 2018

Loose steering wheels trigger Ford recall of 1.4M Fusion, Lincoln MKZ cars

Steering wheels that can become loose or detach entirely triggered a recall of 1.38 million Ford and Lincoln cars in North America.

Ford Motor said Wednesday it is issuing a safety recall for the 2014 through 2018 model-year Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans…

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