On July 30th 2018, owners of 2013-2016 Fusion sedans and 2013-2014 Escape SUVs were notified by Ford about a transmission system defect that posed a rollaway risk. The defect resulted in 550,000 vehicles across North America to be recalled. Now almost a year later, Ford recalls another 270,000 vehicles, specifically the 2013-2016 Ford Fusion cars equipped with a 2.5-liter engine, over the same issue of faulty shifter cable bushings and urges owners to use the parking brake until the defect has been repaired.
Ford has recalled close to one million vehicles around the world to replace defective Takata airbag inflators. The Detroit Free Press reports that the vehicles have been recalled due to a risk of flying shrapnel caused by exploding airbag inflators. Takata used the chemical, ammonium nitrate, to create an explosion to inflate airbags. However, it can deteriorate over time due to heat and humidity. When the ammonium nitrate has deteriorated, it will explode with too much force and blow apart the metal canister designed to contain the explosion. Hundreds of people have been injured by the shrapnel from these airbags and at least twenty-three people have been killed worldwide.
Ford Motor Company issued a recall in North America for select 2012 to 2018 Ford Focus vehicles equipped with 2.0-liter GDI and 2.0liter GTDI engines for a malfunctioning canister purge valve. These affected vehicles are equipped with a canister purge valve that may become stuck in an open position. If this occurs, an excessive vacuum in the fuel system could cause deformation of the vehicle's plastic fuel tank. As a result, the customer could observe a malfunction indicator light or a fuel gauge with fluctuating or inaccurate fuel levels. This could lead to a stall while driving and/or an inability to restart the vehicle, which can increase the risk of a crash.
On Thursday, September 6, 2018, media outlets carried the announcement of a massive recall of Ford F-150 pickup trucks. About 2,000,000 trucks are involved, approximately 1,619,000 of which are in the United States. The recall affects model years 2015-2018, and stems from reports that a defect in the seatbelt system could cause a fire.
Ford is recalling 1.3 million vehicles in the U.S.A, Canada, and Mexico because of a defect that causes a door to open while driving, placing customers at serious risk of injury. The company reported that a frozen door latch or a bent actuation cable may prevent a door from closing or opening. However, if a customer is able to open and close such a door, the door may appear closed while the latch is not fully engaged, allowing the door to open while driving. This defect only affects F-150 and Super Duty Ford Trucks.
Ford is recalling nearly 700,000 vehicles due to a possible defect in the front seat belts of several models. The company says the pre-tension deployment system can fail, preventing the seatbelts from properly restraining an individual in a car accident. The pre-tension system automatically tightens the seatbelts when a driver stops a vehicle, preventing the buildup of slack in the restraints. The recall covers certain 2013 to 2016 Ford Fusion, 2013 to 2015 Lincoln MKZ and 2015 and 2016 Ford Mondeo cars.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a report on Monday indicating almost 22 million vehicles were recalled in the United States last year by automakers. Of those 22 million vehicles Toyota topped the list, recalling more than 5 million of its vehicles in 15 different recalls in 2013. Chrysler Group came in a close second, with about 4.6 million vehicles recalled in 36 different recalls. Rounding out the top five spots on the list were Honda, Hyundai-Kia, and Ford. The number of vehicles involved in a 2013 safety recall increased by more than 5 million from 2012.
According to CCN Money, Toyota recently announced two recalls involving 369,000 vehicles to fix problems associated with its Highlander Hybrid SUVs and Lexus IS 350 models. No accidents or injuries have been reported as a consequence of the faults, but in those Hybrid SUVs recalled, the hybrid system can overheat, triggering a warning, and in some cases causing the vehicle to stop unexpectedly. The recall involving Lexus vehicles has also been found to unexpectedly stop the vehicle, due to loose bolts in the valve timing device.
According to the New York Times, Ford has announced it will recall about 33,000 2013 C-Max models after tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found the cars did not meet the minimum federal safety standards for head protection in a crash. The vehicles affected by the recall were built in Wayne, Mich., between Jan. 19, 2012, and June 26, 2013. They do not have the optional panoramic roof. The automaker said it was not aware of any injuries related to the problem.