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Recalls: 2017 Ford Escape; 2013-15 Ford Flex, Taurus, Lincoln MKS, MKT; 2015-16 Ford Transit

August 24, 2016

This morning, Ford Motor Company issued three recalls affecting more than 113,000 vehicles registered in North America. 

RECALL #1: 2013-15 Ford Taurus, Ford Flex, Lincoln MKS, Lincoln MKT, Ford Police Interceptor
UNITS AFFECTED: 77,502 in the U.S., 7,353 in Canada, 1,083 in Mexico

This recall stems from a faulty fuel pump control module, which may be at risk of failure. If the module fails, the engine might not start at all, or it could stall after it's already been started. If a vehicle is in motion when the module fails, there will be no way to restart the vehicle, which could dramatically increase the risk of a crash.

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Thankfully, Ford says that it's receive no reports of accidents or injuries linked to the problem.

With the exception of the Ford Police Interceptor, this recall is limited to vehicles equipped with 3.5-liter turbocharged, direct-injection engines. (In the Interceptor's case, all engine configurations are affected.) The recall is further limited by dates of manufacture:

  • 2013-15 Ford Taurus built at Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant between August 25, 2011 and May 31, 2015
  • 2013-15 Ford Flex built at Ford's Oakville Assembly between September 12, 2011 and May 29, 2015
  • 2013-15 Lincoln MKS built at Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant between August 31, 2011 and May 31, 2015
  • 2013-15 Lincoln MKT built at Ford's Oakville Assembly between September 12, 2011 and May 29, 2015
  • 2013-15 Ford Police Interceptor built at Ford's Chicago Assembly between September 8, 2011 and May 31, 2015

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Ford says that dealers will inspect and replace the fuel pump control module, free of charge.

RECALL #2: 2017 Ford Escape
UNITS AFFECTED: 17,985 in the U.S., 5,157 in Canada

The Escape recall is limited to vehicles built at Ford's Louisville Assembly Plant between October 5, 2015 and May 12, 2016. Ford says that those vehicles may have been equipped with software that causes the power windows to close with too much force. That, in turn, could increase the risk of injury to passengers--though Ford notes that it hasn't learned of any injuries linked to the problem.

Ford says that the fix involves updating the power window system software.

RECALL #3: 2015-16 Ford Transit 
UNITS AFFECTED: 2,013 in the U.S., 457 in Canada

This recall is limited to vehicles equipped with 3.2-liter diesel engines and stems from a problem with the fuel injection pump. Ford says that metallic contamination may cause the pump to fail, and as with recall #1 above, that could result in the engine not starting or possibly stalling. If it stalls while the Transit is in motion, there's no way to restart the vehicle, which would increase the risk of a crash.

The recall is limited to 2015-16 Ford Transit 3.2-liter diesel vehicles built at Ford's Kansas City Assembly Plant between July 15, 2015 and April 14, 2016. Ford says that dealers will inspect those vehicles, and if no metallic contamination is found, they will replace just the fuel injection pump and associated parts. On the other hand, if metallic contamination is found, the fuel injection pump, fuel injectors, and fuel filter will be replaced, and the fuel system will be cleaned and flushed at no charge.

If you own one of the vehicles listed above and have further questions, you're encouraged to call Ford Customer Service at 800-392-3673 or Lincoln Customer Service at 800-521-4140.

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