Ford has issued not one, but two recalls affecting more than 692,700 vehicles registered in North America. The recalls are for 2013 and 2014 models of the Escape crossover and C-Max Hybrid.
According to AP reports, the first of the two recalls affects roughly 692,500 Escape and C-Max Hybrid models. Ford says that in some of those vehicles, a software flaw can prevent the side curtain airbags from inflating -- particularly during rollovers.
The second recall affects only the Escape, though in slightly higher numbers -- around 692,700 units. In some 2013 and 2014 models, the Escape's exterior door handles may bind, and as a result, they may not properly lock. Under certain circumstances, that could allow the doors to open while Escape is in motion.
Ford hasn't specified which Escape and C-Max Hybrid models are affected by the recalls, though it's likely vehicles manufactured between particular dates. (It appears that most Escapes on the road suffer from both problems.)
Nor has Ford indicated when it will notify owners of the recalls. However, the company does say that it knows of no collisions or injuries associated with either problem.
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When Ford does send out recall notices, owners will be instructed to take their vehicles to a local Ford dealer for service. To repair the airbag problem, dealers will install a software update. For the door handle issue, dealers will inspect the Escape's handles and reposition them, if necessary. Both fixes will be carried out at no cost to owners.
This is a developing story. We'll do our best to post additional details as we get them.