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Ford Recalls 230K Vehicles For Fire Risk

Ford has recently issued a number of recalls. The most serious of these covers roughly 230,000 late-model Escape, Fiesta ST, Fusion, and Transit Connect models. The risk? Potential under-hood fires. The problem stems from a lack of coolant circulation causing Ford’s turbocharged 1.6-liter GTDI engine to overheat and possibly crack the cylinder head. If that head cracks, pressurized oil can leak onto a hot engine surface, increasing the risk of a fire in the engine compartment. This particular recall covers approximately 230,000 vehicles and includes certain 2014 Ford Escape models, 2014-2015 Ford Fiesta ST models, 2013-2014 Ford Fusion and 2013-2015 Ford Transit Connect’s equipped with turbocharged 1.6-liter GTDI engines.

The fix? Ford will mail customers instructions on how to check and refill coolant levels. Owners can still drive their cars, but should visit their Ford dealer if their engine starts to overheat, the vehicle develops a coolant leak, or if coolant needs to be added frequently. Dealerships will install a coolant level sensor with supporting hardware at no charge.

Source and Image Source: MotorTrend




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