Ford has issued a recall for select 2014 models of the Ford Escape and 2015 models of the Lincoln MKC. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those vehicles may suffer from fuel pump flaws that could cause the devices to fail in traffic.
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NHTSA documents reveal that "contamination, due to improper nickel plating of certain subcomponents within the fuel pump, may cause excessive pump friction, potentially resulting in an inoperative fuel pump". The fuel pump failure failure can happen at any time, which means that owners could find themselves with a car that won't start, or worse, a car that stalls in traffic and can't be restarted. Obviously, the latter scenario dramatically increases the risk of injury to occupants.
The recall includes 2014 Ford Escape models built between April 15, 2014 and May 8, 2014, as well as 2015 Lincoln MKC models built between April 21, 2014 and May 15, 2014. All told, Ford believes the recall affects 9,038 vehicles registered in the U.S.
Ford says that it will mail recall notices to owners on February 23, 2015. After receiving those notices, owners can take their vehicles to Ford and Lincoln dealers, who will replace the fuel pump at no charge.
If you believe that you own one of the vehicles described above and have further questions, you're encouraged to contact Ford customer service at 866-436-7332 and ask about recall #14S30. Alternately, you can call NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and inquire about safety campaign #15V005000.