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Ford (F) Announces 5 Recalls Covering 202K Vehicles

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Ford Motor Co. (F - Free Report) announced that it is recalling more than 202,000 cars, vans and trucks in North America under five separate recalls for different issues. The automaker announced that it is aware of one accident due to these issues, but no injuries have been reported yet.

The first recall covers 27,597 Transit Connect vehicles of model year 2014 in North America. The affected ones include certain Transit Connect vehicles featuring a 2.5-liter engine manufactured at Valencia Assembly from Aug 1, 2013 through Jul 10, 2014.

Among the recalled vehicles, 25,238 vehicles are being recalled from the U.S. and federalized territories, and around 2,359 from Canada. Ford is recalling these vehicles due to improper fuel and vapor line routing, which may lead to a leak in the fuel line over time. This fuel leak, in the presence of an ignition source, may lead to a fire.

There is no report of any casualty related to this issue. Ford said that dealers will check the vehicles, and reroute and replace the fuel line if necessary. However, the customers won’t have to bear any costs for the repair.

The next recall includes 92,2015 Ford Transit vehicles in North America These vehicles were manufactured at Kansas City Assembly from Jul 28 to Aug 7, 2014 and feature a 3.2-liter diesel engine. Among the vehicles recalled, 89 are from the U.S and three from Canada. The automaker is recalling these vehicles for an issue with the bracket that holds the fuel filter to the frame.

This may stall the engine due to fuel starvation. A sudden halt of the engine may lead to a crash. However, no accidents have been reported related to this issue. Dealers will check the vehicles and reinforce the underbody structure if required. However, the customers won’t have to bear any costs for the repair.

Ford also recalled 38,645 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car vehicles of model year 2005–2011 in North America. These vehicles were built at the St. Thomas Assembly plant. Among these, Ford is recalling 36,888 vehicles from the U.S and federalized territories, and 1,757 from Canada.

The automaker recalled the vehicles due to probable improper repair in the previous recall. The vehicles had been previously repaired for an issue related to the lower intermediate steering shaft. The automaker said that this improper repair may lead to a loss of steering.

One accident has been reported but no injuries have been attributed to this issue. Dealers will replace the upper intermediate steering shaft if required.

In the fourth recall, Ford recalled 960 Ford F-150 vehicles of model year 2014 in North America. Some of the recalled vehicles were built at the Dearborn Truck plant from Mar 1 to Mar 13, 2014 and some of them were manufactured at the Kansas City Assembly plant from Mar 3 to Mar 13, 2014. Ford has recalled 618 vehicles from the U.S and federalized territories, 338 from Canada and four from Mexico.

A brake pedal position switch in these vehicles may be incorrectly adjusted, leading to a delay in turning on of the brake lights when the brake pedal is depressed. This is a non-compliance issue with FMVSS 108, which is related to lamps.

There is no report of any casualty related to this issue. The automaker said that the dealers will remove and reinstall the brake pedal position switch for free.

In the last recall, Ford has recalled 134,947 Ford Flex and F-150 vehicles of model year 2014 in North America. Some of these vehicles were manufactured at the Oakville Assembly plant, some in the Dearborn Truck plant and others at the Kansas City Assembly plant. Among the recalled vehicles 113,418 vehicles are from the U.S and federalized territories, 19,975 from Canada and 1,554 from Mexico.

The automaker is recalling the vehicles for a passenger seat sensing issue which could lead to non-deployment of the passenger airbag in certain frontal crashes. This could increase the risk of injury. Dealers will undertake the repair at no cost to the customer.

Ford currently carries a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell). Better-ranked automobile stocks worth considering include Gentex Corp. (GNTX - Free Report) , Accuride Corp. and STRATTEC Security Corp. , each carrying a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).




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