Ford has issued three separate recalls affecting a total of more than 43,000 vehicles in the U.S. These vehicles include certain Ford Transit vans, Lincoln MKC and Ford Explorer SUVs, and F-650 and F-750 heavy-duty trucks.
2015-2016 Ford Transit vans
The Problem: In certain Transit vans, the side-curtain airbags may be positioned improperly on one or both sides of the vehicle. This problem can hinder the performance of these airbags in the event of a crash. The automaker isn’t aware of any accidents or injuries caused by the issue.
The Fix: Ford dealers will inspect the side-curtain airbags and adjust them as needed. All repairs will be performed at no cost to the customer.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: This recall affects certain 2015-2016 low-roof Ford Transit vans produced between March 12, 2014 and March 18, 2016 at the automaker’s Kansas City Assembly Plant. In the U.S., Ford is recalling 37,066 units.
The Problem: The engine block design, in tandem with the particular block heater installed in these vehicles, can cause overheating. This can happen when the vehicle is parked and the block heater is plugged in. Ford knows of two underhood fires that occurred in Canada because of the issue. But so far, no vehicle accidents or injuries have been reported.
The Fix: Dealers will remove and replace the engine block heater with an updated design. If needed, they will also replace the cord free of charge.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: The recall affects a total of 1,543 vehicles in the U.S. These models are equipped with the optional engine block heater and include certain 2015-2016 Lincoln MKCs built at Ford’s Louisville Assembly Plant between November 25, 2013 and January 25, 2016 and 2016 Explorers build at the Chicago Assembly Plant from October 20, 2014 and January 28, 2016.
2015-2016 Ford F-650, F-750
The Problem: Certain F-650 and F-750 trucks may have faulty parking brake cable connector clips. The clips, which may not be made to correct specifications, can break and allow the vehicle to move unintentionally. Ford is not aware of any accidents, injuries, or fires related to the problem.
The Fix: Ford will replace the connector clip at no cost to consumers.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: In this batch of Ford recalls, 4,654 F-650 and F-750 trucks in the U.S. are affected. The vehicles were built at the Escobedo Assembly in Mexico from January 28, 2015 through April 23, 2015, and at the Ohio Assembly Plant between January 31, 2015 and November 30, 2015.