Following news last week it was delaying the US launch of the plug in hybrid Escape sport utility vehicle to 2021 after thousands of similar Kuga variants in Europe were recalled for problems involving fires while recharging, Ford has announced another fire related recall, this time for its popular light commercial vehicle line.
The automaker said in a statement it was calling back some 2019-20 Ford Transit Connect vehicles equipped with the 2.5-litre engine. In affected vehicles, software calibration for the engine fail safe cooling strategy contains temperature threshold values that are higher than intended. In the event of elevated engine temperatures due to coolant loss, there will be a delay in vehicles invoking the fail safe cooling strategy, resulting in engine temperatures exceeding critical limits. Under severe cases, running the engine at temperatures above critical limits for prolonged periods of time could result in engine damage and increase the risk of fire.
Ford said it was is not aware of any reports of accident, injury or fire related to this condition.
The recall is for 2,903 vehicles in the US and federal territories and 584 in Canada. Affected vehicles were built at Valencia Assembly Plant in Spain from 2 August, 2018, to 30 July, 2020.
Dealers will update the powertrain control module.
Separately, some 2020 Ford Escape vehicles’ tyre pressure monitoring system may function in a reduced capacity and may intermittently fail to adequately warn a driver of low air pressure in the rear tyres. Driving with low tire pressure could lead to poor vehicle handling and control, increasing the risk of a crash. No reports of accident or injury had been received.
Just 689 vehicles in the US and 19 in Canada are affected. Affected vehicles were built at Louisville Assembly Plant from 26 June to 14 August, 2020.
Dealers will replace the body control module.
Ford also announced a separate safety compliance recall for 2017-20 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT500 vehicles in Canada only. In affected vehicles, the daytime running lamps may not activate as required and the vehicle may be less visible to other drivers during the day increasing the risk of a crash. Again, no reports of accident or injury had been received.
This recall affects 833 vehicles in Canada, all built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan from 22 September, 2016, to 12 July, 2020.
Dealers will update body control module software.