Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F), one of the leading motor vehicle manufacturers, is recalling old model Ford Escapes and Mercury Mariners, saying that the electronic hybrid system may overheat, a prospect that might increase the chances of a crash.
Though no incidences have been reported relating to the said overheating, the move is to forestall the possibility of such occurrences. According to a Friday filing with U.S. regulators, the company aims at recalling about 74,000 vehicles in total. This number consists of Escapes model 2005–2008 and Mariners 2006-2008.
Most of the vehicles were sold in the U.S. and only 3,500 sold in Canada. Escape hybrids forming part of the recall number to about 66,000 and Mariner hybrids are 7,800 in North America alone.
“When the hybrid electronics system gets too hot it will shut down the powertrain, resulting in a stall-like condition, increasing the risk of a crash,”
according to Ford’s filing with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
In the same filing Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) is said to be recalling about 400 Ford Focus sedans from year 2014 model and Lincoln MKC crossovers from the year 2015 model. This selection is pegged on the possibility of a problem with the fuel delivery module filter.
And it doesn’t just end there. Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) is also recalling 1,700 of F-650 and F-750 trucks. The filing indicates that there is a problem with the seals on fuel filter. The company clarified that there aren’t any injuries that have been reported relating to the seal.
According to another source, the recall will begin on October 27. Where minor replacements are necessary, Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) will provide the new parts and dealers will replace them for free.
This article has been written by Victor Ochieng.