Ford Motor Co. has issued recalls for several vehicle models and makes totaling over 450,000 cars for defects affecting transmissions and brakes. The recalls were announced through the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for the Ford Freestar, Mercury Monterey, and Ford Escape.
While a total of 450,000 Ford vehicles have been recalled, the number actually comes from two separate recalls announced on the same day that focus on different problems. First, 244,530 Ford Escapes from the 2001 and 2002 model years have been recalled due to brake fluid leakage in the brake master cylinder reservoir cap. The liquid could come in contact with the anti-lock brake system wiring harness connector, causing melting, smoking, and possibly fire. Beginning the week of January 23, dealers will replace the cap and modify the electrical system.
The second recall covers 205,896 total Ford vehicles, including 2004-2005 model year Ford Freestars and 2004-2005 Mercury Montereys. The problem is due to the possibility that torque converters may fail without warning, causing a sudden loss of motive power and possibly resulting in a crash. Ford has announced that it will notify owners and replace the torque converters during the second quarter of the year.
Vehicle part failure is always a cause for concern, as the effects of such a failure can affect the use, value, or safety of a vehicle. When multiple repair attempts are needed to fix an inherent flaw with a vehicle, owners may be entitled to a replacement vehicle or a refund of their money.
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