Ford Recall Safety Flaws – The automaker has issued a statement on the NHTSA website, that it is issuing a recall for around 450,000 of its vehicles in the United States and another 40,000 Internationally due to safety flaws.
The US vehicles involved, according to the statement written by Ford spokesman, Dan Pierce, are 205,986, 2004 to 2005 year minivan models of the Ford Freestar Mercury Monterey due to the “torque converter output shafts in their power trains may fail and cause sudden loss of power.”
Another part of the recall involves 244,530 Ford Escapes model years 2001 and 2002 in the US, with an additional 40,000 Escapes abroad because they “may have brake-fluid leaks from the caps of their brake master cylinder reservoirs, leading to corrosion that may cause fire.”
The Escape recalls is a follow up to a 2007 recall in which the problem may have not been properly fixed then. After an investigation of the minivans by a US safety regulator found the issue with the torque converters, Ford found they need to correct the issue.
No serious injuries have been reported due to the problems, however there were two minor accidents. according to Pierce. Since 2007, more then any other auto maker, Ford has received more initial quality survey awards from J. D. Power and Associates.