Ford recalls 21,854 vehicles in Canada for coolant circulation problem

Automaker will take a US $295 million hit to Q1 earnings from two recalls

DETROIT -- Ford is calling back 230,000 vehicles equipped with 1.6-litre GTDI engines because a lack of coolant circulation can cause the engines to overheat, cracking the cylinder head. That could result in an oil leak that could ignite a fire.

The affected vehicles include 2014 model year Escapes, 2014-15 Fiesta STs, 2013-14 Fusions and 2013-15 Transit Connects 

Ford said it’s aware of 29 reports of fires in the United States and Canada; no injuries have been reported.

Ford currently doesn’t have service kits available and told customers to continue to drive their vehicles. The company advised customers to seek a dealer if their vehicle leaks coolant. It will mail customers instructions on how to check and refill coolant.

About 208,584 of the affected vehicles are in the U.S. and federalized territories, 21,854 are in Canada and 318 are in Mexico.

The affected vehicles:

  • 2014 Escapes built at Louisville Assembly from Feb. 12, 2013 to Sept. 2, 2014
  • 2014-15 Fiesta ST built at Cuautitlan Assembly from Jan. 22, 2013 to May 27, 2014
  • 2013-14 Fusion built at Hermosillo Assembly from Feb. 15, 2012 to June 6, 2014
  • 2013-15 Transit Connects built at Valencia Assembly from June 13, 2013 to Dec. 14, 2014

Ford on Wednesday also expanded a door latch recall to nearly 211,000 vehicles including 2014 Fiestas, 2013-14 Fusions and 2013-14 Lincoln MKZs.

Last September, Ford recalled an additional 1.5 million vehicles for the same issue. Since 2014, the total number of vehicles Ford has recalled for various door-latch problems has topped 4 million.

Separately, the automaker Wednesday issued two other recalls covering another 659 vehicles.

Ford is recalling 548 2017 model year F-450 and F-550 trucks with faulty driveshafts. Ford said continued operation of those vehicles could result in fractured tranmissions or driveline components, which could cause power loss while driving or unintended moving while parked.

Finally, Ford is recalling 111 2017 model year Edges for missing windshield header welds.

Ford isn’t aware of any accidents or injuries in the three other recalls.

Ford Motor Co. said it will take a US $295 million hit to its first-quarter earnings from two recalls in North America announced Wednesday, one involving engines that could catch fire and the other involving a persistent door latch problem.

Ford CFO Bob Shanks last week alluded to a higher-than-expected warranty cost that will impact Ford’s first quarter earnings. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Ford said the US $295 million charge would be absorbed mainly by its North America and Europe business units and would be included in first-quarter results.

You can reach Michael Martinez at mdmartinez@crain.com -- Follow Michael on Twitter: @MikeMartinez_AN

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