DETROIT, Mich. — The Ford Motor Company (Ford) announced that it must alert customers to two safety recalls for North America. The company said that two safety recalls are for vehicles sold in the United States, and the third recall is for Ford vehicles sold exclusively in Canada, according to an article appearing in Automotive World. One of the U.S. recalls relates to a malfunctioning door latch that could allow a car door to open while the car is in motion. The second U.S. recall relates to a wire harness that could fray and cut power to the fuel pump. In Canada, a problem with a valve in the braking system could make stopping the car more difficult. Ford says it has received no evidence of crashes or resulting injuries despite the three safety problems which are inherently dangerous.
The first safety recall announced by Ford concerns the brand’s 2014-15 Fiesta, 2014-2016 Fusion, and 2014-2016 Lincoln MKZ models due to a failing door latch. The doors on these cars are equipped with a latch pawl-string tab, which could crack in higher temperatures. The door will not close correctly if the pawl spring tab breaks, even though the door sensor might register the door as closed. A person could fly out of the car if the door opens while the car is moving.
The second safety recall announced by Ford is for its 2021 E-Series pickup trucks. Many of these vehicles have a wire harness that hangs over part of the vehicle’s frame and can fray—fraying of these wires, which lead to systems like the fuel pump, trailer tow, and braking. Damage to the fuel pump could cause the vehicle to stall and increase the chances of causing a collision. Trucks bought in the U.S. and Canada are subject to this recall.
In Canada, several Ford vehicles from model years 2006 to 2010 need to be recalled by the company because a valve in the braking system could stick and impede stopping the car when the driver steps on the brake.
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