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Ford recalls vehicles for possible engine fires, faulty door latches


The company says engines can overheat, causing the cylinder head to crack and leak oil that can catch fire. The Ford reference number for this recall is 15S16.

Ford now doesn't have service kits available and told customers to continue to drive their vehicles.

The recalled vehicles are equipped with 1.6-liter GTDI engines, which could overheat because of a lack of coolant circulation, according to a news release from Ford. Instead, Ford will mail instructions to owners reminding them to check their coolant levels, refill the coolant, and schedule service if the coolant "frequently" needs to be topped off.

The whole cluster of 'em covers almost 500,000 vehicles across North America.

Ford's is also adding 211,000 vehicles that will be recalled as part of a 2015 move, replacing faulty door latches.


Ford's second recall expands on an earlier recall involving door latches.

In these vehicles, a component called a pawl spring tab has a chance of breaking. A door that isn't properly shut could become a big ol' safety hazard in the event of a collision.

The Dearborn automaker had previously recalled almost 4 million vehicles for door latch issues in six separate recalls since 2014, including 2.4 million vehicles recalled in late 2016.

Ford also announced two smaller recalls concerning 548 2017 Ford F-450 and F-550 trucks due to the driveshaft, and 111 2017 Ford Edges due to missing windshield header welds. Thankfully, Ford hasn't received any reports of injuries related to this issue. Driving at speeds over 75 miles per hour can result in a resonance frequency that can facture the transmission along with driveline components. A total of 208,584 cars are affected in the United States. The replaced driveshaft is said to fix the issue. Ford said it knows of at least one accident and three injuries within the 2 million cars it recalled in September. The problem occurs at 75 miles per hour and above, Ford said.

Ford has also issued a recall for 111 2017 Ford Edge cars to fix windshield header welds.

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