Ford Motor Company has issued a safety recall for 230,000 vehicles in North America due to a risk of engine fires. The following vehicles are included in the recall, and all have 1.6-liter GTDI engines:
- 2014 Escape
- 2014-2015 Fiesta ST
- 2013-2014 Ford Fusion
- 2013-2015 Ford Transit Connect
According to Ford, company officials indicated that under-hood fires may occur as a result of a lack of coolant circulation. The lack of sufficient cooling can lead to overheating, which can create cracked cylinder heads that leak oil and ultimately end in an engine fire. Ford received reports of 29 cases of fires connected to the coolant issue, but no injuries have been reported to date.
Ford plans to send reminders to owners of recalled vehicles on how to properly maintain coolant levels in their vehicles. In addition, the company plans to install a coolant level sensor when service kits are available. Ford said customers affected by the recall can continue to drive their vehicles, but in the event the vehicle shows signs of overheating, leaking coolant, or needing frequent coolant refills, the company urges consumers to see their Ford dealer.
You can always check for vehicle recalls by entering your VIN number on the NHTSA site: https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls
If you or a loved one has been injured by a Ford engine fire or any other defect in your vehicle, pursue full and fair compensation by filing a product liability lawsuit against the responsible parties.
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