Ford worried about car accidents, recalls vehicles

Ford worried about car accidents, recalls vehicles

Concerned about the potential for car accidents, Ford Motor Co. has announced two recalls. In total, approximately 435,000 vehicles will be affected by the recall.

Many of our Maryland readers, just the same as those in other parts of the country, drive a Ford. This recall affects 386,000 Escape SUVs that were built between the years of 2001 and 2004. The second recall affects 48,960 Ford Escapes, Fusions and C-MAXs. Along with this, some Lincoln MKZs are included.

The bigger of the two recalls is related to potential corrosion with the subframe, which could lead to the lower control arm separating. If this were to happen, the driver may not be able to steer the vehicle as expected. At this time, Ford said it is aware of at least one motor vehicle accident as a result of the problem; however, no one was reportedly injured.

The states in which the affected vehicles are located include: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

The second recall is related to vehicles with seat back frames that do not meet safety standards.

Most people realize that a car accident can happen at any time, regardless of what type of vehicle they are driving. In this case, Ford decided to be proactive in recalling roughly 435,000 vehicles. The company will fix the problem, free of cost, ensuring that owners do not have to concern themselves with being injured as a result of the defect.

Source: CNN, “Mark M. Meinero, Apr. 07, 2014

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