Despite its pledge to produce better cars that are eco-friendly and safe for passengers, Ford has been forced to recall some of its popular models due to a slew of manufacturing issues that pose danger to drivers and passengers alike. Due in part to these issues, the car giant has faced increased scrutiny and even a number of law suits.
In June of 2013, Ford said that it was recalling more than 460,000 of its cars – the Fusion, Explorer, Lincoln MKS sedan and Taurus, among others. These cars were found to have defects in the engine block heaters, fuel delivery modules, and some were even found to be missing steering gear parts.
The cars with a fuel delivery module malfunction face a fire risk and consumers using them might detect fuel odor or spot leaks. This is caused by faulty sealing of the side tanks. Ford has received over 600 complaints of leaks; fortunately, there have been no fires or injuries linked to these leaks.
Areas of Recall
As a global brand, the Ford recall covers all areas of the world including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and Africa.
MKS Lincoln 2013
Among the impacted vehicles is the widely popular 2013 MKS Lincoln. Ford is recalling 500 of these cars from the U.S. and Canada since it has found that the insulation on the engine block heaters’ 120-volt electrical cords can crack in sub-zero temperatures. This can expose electrical wiring and cause shock to individuals who handle the heaters. The exposed electrical wires may also cause corrosion. Ford has made clear that it has not received any reports of such shocks or corrosion from actual vehicles. The impacted cars were produced in Ford’s Mexico factory and tested at its Flat Rock, Michigan unit.
Ford has also recalled 2013-2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrids claiming that the transmission range sensor might malfunction, permitting the vehicles to be shifted out of the “park” position without the driver first applying the brake. This may lead to inadvertent moving of vehicles and cause crashes. To address this defect, dealers must update the Powertrain Control Module software.
Apart from voluntary recalls, Ford is also facing a law suit over its 3.5 liter, V-6 EcoBoost Engine. A few users have filed a suit claiming that this engine can misfire, shake, and lose power when travelling at highway speeds. The plaintiffs contend that this makes the vehicles dangerous to drive. According to the lawsuit, the problem is caused when moisture builds up in the intercooler, reducing both acceleration and fuel efficiency.
Ford has fitted this engine in various vehicles including the Lincoln MKT and MKS sedan, the Taurus SHO, and the Ford Flex crossover.