Ford recalls cars for safety reasons

April 6th, 2016


Ford Motor Company recently issued three recalls for safety reasons. The first recall was the sports utility Lincoln MKC’s and Ford Explorers 2015 and 2016 model year, according to Bloomberg. A defect in the engine has caused the engine block to overheat. Two cars reportedly had under the hood fires leading to the recall, of its vehicles from the U.S. and Canada.


The recalled Lincoln MKC’s were produced in Louisville, KY from November 2013 to January 2016. The 2016 Ford Explorers were also produced in Louisville from October 2013 to January 2016.


Ford released a statement saying “The engine block design, coupled with the particular block heater installed in these vehicles, causes the unit to be susceptible to overheating when the vehicle is parked and the block heater is plugged in, increasing the risk of an underhood fire,” according to The New York Times.


Following their public statement, Ford stated they will be replacing the heater with an updated version and expects no other problems.


The second recall concerns 2015 and 2016 model year low roof Ford Transit Vans. The side air bags need to be inspected and adjusted because the side curtain airbags may be incorrectly positioned in some vehicles causing Ford to recall 38,000 Transit Vans, The Washington Post reported. If the air bags are not in the right position, it will affect their ability to keep the passengers safe, especially during car-related accidents. These vehicles were produced between March 2014 and March 2016 in Kansas City.


The last and most recent recall effects model year 2015 and 2016 F-650 and F-750 heavy trunks. It is approximately 4,764 cars manufactured between January 2015 and November 2015, according to Bloomberg. These cars were manufactured in Ohio in the past six months.


“In some vehicles, the parking brake connector clips were not manufactured to the correct specifications and could break, resulting in unintended movement of the vehicle and increased risk of injury,” Ford said in a statement, according to The New York Times. Fords say that the faulty clip has not caused any crashes or injuries.


These recalls affected over 48,000 vehicles according to The Washington Post. Since the recent recalls that were announced the week of April 1, Ford has made these recalls their number one priority.


Ford told Bloomberg that conducting extensive safety tests on both the recalled vehicles and all their manufactured models are their top concern at the moment.


Luckily, Ford caught the defects before any injuries or crashes because of the recognizable defects. Ford made the statement to The New York Times on April 1 saying that they hope to resolve the issues with the three recalls regarding their vehicles within the next two months.


Editor’s Note: Information from Bloomberg, The New York Times and The Washington Post was used in this report.