Recall Roundup: Nearly One Million Vehicles Recalled Last Week, Most Wearing Ford, Lincoln Badges
By Jeff Youngs, May 04, 2015
During the past week, Ford Motor Company issued two significant recalls affecting a total of 943,741 Ford and Lincoln vehicles, from the 2011-2015 model years. Hyundai Motor and Jaguar Land Rover also announced minor vehicle recalls. Details for each recall are below, in alphabetical order by vehicle brand.
2015 Ford Edge
2013-2015 Ford Fusion
2013-2015 Lincoln MKZ
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling 487,301 model-year 2013-2015 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles manufactured February 3, 2012, to March 20, 2015, and 2015 Ford Edge vehicles manufactured February 26, 2015, to February 28, 2015, and originally sold, or currently registered in, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. In the affected vehicles, snow or water containing road salt or other contaminants may corrode the electric power steering gear motor attachment bolts. If the bolts corrode, the steering gear motor may detach from the gear housing, resulting in a loss of power steering assist.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will apply sealer and replace the steering gear motor bolts as required. If one or more of the steering gear motor attachment bolts are broken or missing, a new steering gear will be installed in the vehicle. These repairs will be performed free of charge to the consumer. The recall is expected to begin June 22, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 15S14; owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 15V250000.
2011-2014 Ford Fiesta
2013-2014 Ford Fusion
2013-2014 Lincoln MKZ
Ford is recalling a total of 456,440 vehicles, including model-year 2013-2014 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles manufactured July 1, 2012, to May 31, 2013, and 2012-2014 Fiesta vehicles manufactured February 1, 2012, to May 31, 2013. On April 30, 2015, Ford expanded the recall to cover an additional 119,567 vehicles, including certain model-year 2011 Ford Fiestas manufactured from November 11, 2009, to May 31, 2013 and certain model-year 2013 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles manufactured from February 1, 2012, to June 30, 2012. A component within the door latches may break, making the doors difficult to latch and/or leading the driver or a passenger to believe a door is securely closed when, in fact, it is not.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace all four door latches with an improved part, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin June 1, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 15S16; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V246000.
2015 Hyundai Accent
Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling 2,580 model-year 2015 Accent vehicles manufactured September 15, 2014, to February 10, 2015. In very cold temperatures, the occupant detection system (ODS) may not be able to determine if a child restraint seat is in the front passenger seat. If the ODS fails to detect that the seat is occupied by a child restraint seat, the front air bag will not be deactivated and, in the event of a crash necessitating front air bag deployment, the air bag deployment could cause increased risk of injury to the occupant in the child restraint seat.
Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will correct the ODS software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on June 5, 2015. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-671-3059. Hyundai's number for this recall is 129; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V218000.
2015 Land Rover LR4
Jaguar Land Rover North America (Land Rover) is recalling 2,687 model-year 2015 LR4 vehicles manufactured August 19, 2014, to February 9, 2015. Due to an anti-lock braking system (ABS) software error, the dynamic stability control (DSC), roll stability control (RSC), traction control (TC), and hill-descent control (HDC) systems may be disabled.
Land Rover will notify owners, and dealers will update the ABS software free of charge. The recall is expected to begin June 5, 2015. Owners may contact Land Rover customer service at 1-800-637-6837. Land Rover's number for this recall is P062; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 15V214000.