SAFETY RECALL UPDATE Part 5

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This is the final segment of this week’s safety recall update brought to you by Bestride.com. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have lassoed themselves a couple of perpetrators bearing the brand of the “Big Blue Oval.” Over 200,000 vehicles have been tagged for this big NHTSA roundup that ranges from conventional to hybrid propulsion and from compact cars to SUVs. Log on to BestRide.com frequently for the latest safety recall roundups, automotive news and views, and absolutely amazing deals on the best new and used buggies around.

Remember to look inside the driver door jamb on your vehicle to find the production date (Month/Year) and that will help you figure out if the NHTSA is after you.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V495000
Ford Recall Campaign Number: 14S17

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2013 & 2014 Ford Escape vehicles manufactured from October 5, 2011 through April 1, 2013 (equipped with 2.0 liter engines) and Ford Focus ST vehicles manufactured from February 14, 2012 through October 14, 2013 (equipped with 2.0 liter engines). Approximately 133,227 vehicles are expected for inclusion under the parameters of this recall.

Cause: An insecure electrical connection in the splices of the engine control wiring harness may cause incorrect signals between the Manifold Absolute Pressure (MAP) sensor and the powertrain control module (PCM).

Concern: The incorrect signals could cause the engine to hesitate and/or stall, increasing the risk of a motor vehicle crash.

Correction: Ford will notify owners with detailed instructions for having the vehicles repaired, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 29, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673.

NOTE: many automotive technicians have “pulled their hair out” looking for the source of a problem caused by the conditions of this recall. I am happy to see that Ford is willing and able to correct the problem.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V526000
Ford Recall Campaign Number: 14S19

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2005-2008 Ford Escape hybrid electric vehicles manufactured from October 13, 2003 through June 20, 2008 and 2006-2008 Mercury Mariner hybrid electric vehicles manufactured from June 10, 2005 through June 20, 2008. Approximately 70,209 vehicles are expected for inclusion under the conditions of this recall campaign.

Cause: The coolant pump for the hybrid system may fail resulting in the hybrid electronics overheating.

Concern: If the hybrid electronics system overheats, it could disable the powertrain, resulting in a stall-like condition and increasing the risk of a motor vehicle crash.

Correction: Ford will notify owners with detailed instructions for having the original Electronics Coolant (MEC) Pump Motor replaced with an improved brushless pump, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on October 27, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332.

NOTE: While these vehicles are designed to disable the electric motor before any harm can be done to the batteries, overheating a hybrid or electric vehicle is serious business. If you own one of these vehicles, then have it attended to at your earliest convenience whether you think that it is broke or not.

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S.M. Darby

S.M. Darby

I am a freelance author with over 25 years of experience as a professional, ASE certified automotive technician and shop owner, muscle car enthusiast, avid street racer, and classic car restoration specialist.

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