Recalls are as much a matter of PR (i.e. turning lemons into lemonade) as they are about safety and corporate responsibility. If you think recalls tend to be more prominent than in the past, you wouldn’t be the only one. Following the General Motors ignition switch debacle, they’re going to appear even more prominent, and this time it’s Ford’s turn in the limelight with over 435,000 vehicles recalled.
There are two recalls involved:
- Around 386,000 Ford Escapes built from 2001-2004 have rusty subframe issues, which may result in a control arm to separate and impede steering control. One crash (without injuries) is known to have occurred. The fix is a reinforced brace to be done at the dealer. These vehicles were originally sold in 20 rust-belt states plus the District of Columbia, and six Canadian provinces.
- About 49,000 2013-14 Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ, Ford Escape, and C-MAX vehicles have seat back frames that were not welded properly. No accidents or injuries have been reported.
Contact your local dealer if you think your vehicle falls under one of these recalls.