The 2014 Ford Escape is among the vehicles affected in six separate recalls. Dearborn, Michigan-based Ford Motor Co. this week issued six separate recalls of various vehicles and vehicle chassis, citing a range of safety defects. Together, the recalls affect more than 100,600 cars, SUVs and motorhomes with problems ranging from rollover risks to fire hazards. Product liability and auto accident attorneys with Harrell and Harrell want to make sure you’re aware of the potential danger in case you own one of the affected vehicles.
- 92,022 2013-2014 Ford Taurus, Lincoln MKS and Police Interceptor sedans, 2013-2014 Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT crossovers, 2012-2014 Edge crossovers and 2014 Lincoln MKX crossovers: According to Ford officials, the right-hand halfshaft on many of these models is improperly seated and may ultimately, rendering the vehicles inoperable. There’s also a heightened rollover risk when these cars and crossovers are parked without the parking brake on.
- 5,264 2011-2014 F59 commercial stripped chassis: Ford warns that corrosion in the electrical junction block could cause affected vehicles to short circuit. This increases the risk of a fire or the loss of electrical power.
- 2,124 2014 Ford Escape SUVs: In models outfitted with panoramic glass roofs, the roofs may have an improperly cured bond. This means the roofs could leak at best, or even completely separate from the vehicle.
- 635 2014 F53 motor home stripped chassis and F59 commercial stripped chassis: Ford warns that incorrectly manufactured brake calipers may cause a leak and or a brake failure.
- 368 2014 Transit Connect vehicles: Brake reservoir caps in units shipped to Puerto Rico have European labels that fall short of American labeling requirements.
- 197 2014 Ford Fiesta subcompacts: Officials say many of the fuel tanks on these vehicles may be missing an adhesive layer. This can cause them to leak fuel, which can lead to a fire hazard.
Ford officials say issues that prompted the recalls were identified via warranty claims and internal testing. The company has committed to contacting all registered owners of vehicles affected in the six recalls over the next few months, so keep a lookout for notification in your mailbox. If you drive one of these vehicles and have not been hurt, wait for notification or contact your local Ford dealership about a free-of-charge repair. However, if you or your dependents have been injured in a car fire, accident or other incident that you believe may have been caused by a recall-related issue, get medical attention immediately. Keep the vehicle as-is and contact a product liability attorney. Jacksonville’s Harrell and Harrell, serving clients throughout Southeast Georgia, Northeast Florida and Central Florida, can be reached at 800-251-1111.