Part three of this week’s four part safety recall update will include two-Ford vehicles. Ford Motor Company and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are working hand-in-hand to ensure that automotive consumers are provided with the safest product possible. Log into BestRide.com for the latest safety recall updates, automotive news and views, and literally millions of great bargains on new and used cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs.
Remember to look inside of the driver door jamb (on most vehicles) to locate the production date (Month/Year). This information will help you to determine if your vehicle is currently under a NHTSA safety recall.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V403000
Ford Recall Campaign Number: 14513
Vehicles Affected: Certain 2014 Ford Escape vehicles manufactured from October 15, 2013 through October 22, 2013. Approximately 1,867 vehicles are expected for inclusion under this recall campaign.
Cause: The panoramic roof on some vehicles may not be sufficiently bonded to the mounting bracket. The two-part urethane epoxy used in adhering the glass to the bracket may have been mixed incorrectly, causing it to fail prematurely.
Concern: If the glass in not securely bonded to the mounting bracket excessive noise could be heard when driving, water could also leak into the vehicle, and in extreme cases the glass could become totally detached from the vehicle increasing the risk to vehicle occupants.
Correction: Ford will notify owners with detailed instructions for having the panoramic glass inspected and repaired or replaced as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on July 14, 2014. Vehicle owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673.
NOTE: Ford asks the vehicle owners call their local Ford dealer with the vehicle identification number (found underneath the lower left side of the windshield) and the Ford safety recall number (14513). That sounds like a great idea.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V406000
Ford Recall Campaign Number: 14C06
Vehicles Affected: Certain 2014 Ford Transit Connect vehicles manufactured from March 1, 2014 through May 15, 2014. Approximately 368 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.
Cause: These vehicles may fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 135, under the heading Light Vehicle Brake Systems. Some brake master cylinder caps may not have the appropriate text stamping which advises owners which type of brake fluid to use therein.
Concern: Without the appropriate text stamping, someone could add the wrong type fluid to the brake master cylinder causing the brakes to fail or become less efficient than normal. This condition could place the vehicle occupants at increased risk of injury from a motor vehicle crash.
Correction: Ford has begun to notify owners by mail with detailed instructions regarding replacement of the unstamped brake master cylinder reservoir caps, free of charge.The recall began July 14, 2014. If you own a vehicle that falls into the manufacturing time frame listed above and have not received a letter you may contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673.
NOTE: To those who do not know that brake fluid belongs in the brake master cylinder: Please leave the hood closed. Seriously, if you are unsure about what type of fluid goes where, stop by your local garage and they will show you. They will probably laugh at you after you leave, but they will show you.