This morning, Ford Motor Company has issued four recalls affecting 317,474 vehicles, most of which are registered in the U.S.
RECALL #1: 2003-2005 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis
UNITS AFFECTED: 312,814, including 296,004 in the U.S., 14,714 in Canada, and 2,096 in Mexico
Ford says that solder joints on the lighting control modules installed on these vehicles can crack over time. Should that happen, the cracks can impede the flow of power to the cars' headlamps, which could dramatically increase the risk of accidents, especially at night.
Ford says that 11 accidents and one minor injury have been linked to the problem.
The recall is limited to vehicles built at Ford's St. Thomas Assembly Plant between October 3, 2001 and August 2, 2005.
After receiving recall notices in the mail, owners will be instructed to take their vehicles to Ford dealers, who will replace the lighting control module at no charge.
RECALL #2: 2015 Ford F-150 SuperCrew
UNITS AFFECTED: 3,218, including 2,590 in the U.S., 555 in Canada, and 73 in Mexico
Ford says that the safety belt assemblies on select SuperCrew models could contain pretensioner cables that weren't properly secured. If so, they may not restrain occupants as intended during a crash. Thankfully, Ford knows of no accidents or injuries related to the problem.
The recall is limited to vehicles built at Ford's Dearborn Assembly Plant between January 22, 2015 and March 17, 2015. After receiving recall notices in the mail, owners of those vehicles will be told to take them to Ford dealers, who will replace the safety belt retractor and pretensioner assembly for the driver's and/or front passenger's seats.
RECALL #3: 2016 Ford F-650 and F-750
UNITS AFFECTED: 177, including 167 in the U.S. and 10 in Canada
This recall stems from a problem with the trucks' air brake hoses. According to Ford: "The air brake jounce hoses could contact the vehicle’s rear axle housing during vehicle operation, which could cause a leak and inadvertent application of the parking brake or diminished braking performance – increasing the risk of a crash."
Ford has received no reports of related accidents or injuries. The recall is limited to 2016 Ford F-650 and F-750 vehicles manufactured at Ford's Ohio Assembly Plant between June 18, 2015 and November 15, 2015.
Ford says that after receiving recall notices, owners will be able to take their vehicles to Ford dealers, who will replace the rear brake air chamber. Dealers will also inspect the brakes and parking brake air lines, replacing them if necessary.
RECALL #4: 2015 Ford Transit
UNITS AFFECTED: 1,265, including 1,170 in the U.S. and 95 in Canada
This recall stems from problems with the rear axle shafts on dual-rear-wheel vehicles. Ford doesn't specify the underlying flaw, but the company says that the shafts can fracture, which can cause a sudden loss of power while a vehicle is in motion, or possibly unexpected movement when a vehicle is in park without its parking brake engaged. Both situations boost the risk or accident or injury, though Ford notes that none have been reported.
The recall is limited to 2015 Ford Transit dual-rear-wheel vehicles manufactured at Ford's Kansas City Assembly Plant between May 1, 2015 and June 26, 2015. Ford says that the fix involves replacing both rear axle shafts, which will be carried out at no charge to owners.