Ford Recalls 202,000 Vehicles For Numerous Defects

Air bag problems, fire dangers and other defects cause Ford to recall 202,000 vehicles.

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— Less than a week after recalling 205,000 SUVs due to a risk of fire, Ford is recalling another 220,000 vehicles for numerous defects.

Ford Flex, Ford F-150

Ford is recalling about 135,000 model year 2014 Ford Flex and F-150 vehicles because the passenger air bag could fail to deploy in a crash. The automaker says the passenger seat occupant classification system could fail to read an adult sitting in the seat and cause the air bag to do nothing in a frontal crash.

However, Ford says it isn't aware of any accidents or injuries related to the problem.

Here's where things get confusing. Ford says the recalled vehicles were built during certain time frames and in specific locations only. Additionally, although Ford says it's the 2014 models that are recalled, Ford also says certain recalled F-150 trucks go back to 2009.

2014 Flex:

  • Built at Oakville Assembly, March 1, 2014, to May 31, 2014.

2014 Ford F-150:

  • Built at Dearborn Truck, March 1, 2014, to May 31, 2014.
  • Built at Kansas City Assembly, March 1, 2014, to May 31, 2014.

Ford says model year 2009-2014 F-150 trucks will be recalled if they were serviced with a suspect seat track assembly repaired February 17, 2014, through October 31, 2014.

The automaker believes about 113,418 vehicles are in the U.S. and federalized territories, 19,975 are in Canada and 1,554 in Mexico.

Ford says its dealers will calibrate the seat occupant classification system and increase the gap between the seat frame and seat track assembly.

Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis, Lincoln Town Car

Ford is recalling about 38,000 model year 2005-2011 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Cars because a previous recall might have failed. Not a comforting thought to believe your car has been repaired when in fact the "repair" might have made the problems worse.

Ford says the issue is the lower intermediate steering shaft that could cause a complete loss of steering control. Ford says at least one accident has been attributed to the defect, but no injuries or deaths were reported.

As with the previous recall, the vehicles were made at specific periods and locations.

  • 2005-2011 Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis cars built at St. Thomas Assembly, March 23, 2004, to August 30, 2011.
  • 2005-2007 Lincoln Town Cars built at Wixom Assembly, March 8, 2004, to June 5, 2007.
  • 2008-2011 Lincoln Town Cars built at St. Thomas Assembly, August 28, 2007, to August 30, 2011.

Ford dealers will inspect and replace the upper intermediate steering shaft if needed. The steering column lower bearing will also be inspected and a bearing retainer kit will be installed, if needed.

Ford Transit Connect

About 27,600 model year 2014 Ford Transit Connect vans will be called back to fix gas lines that could leak and cause a fire. The automaker says the fuel and vapor lines can rub together and cause the gas line to leak fuel. One spark or ignition source would send the van to the junk yard.

Ford says it is unaware of any accidents, injuries or fires related to the lines.

The 2014 Transit Connect vans have a 2.5-liter engine and were built at Valencia Assembly, August 1, 2013, to July 10, 2014.

Ford dealers will make sure the fuel and vapor lines are routed correctly and replace the gas lines if necessary.

Ford F-150

Ford is recalling 960 model year 2014 Ford F-150 trucks to fix the brake pedal switch. Ford says the switch may not be adjusted correctly and could cause the brake lights to malfunction when the brake pedal is applied.

Drivers would need to use more pressure on the brake pedal to disengage the cruise control system, so Ford is recommending that F-150 owners skip using the cruise control for now. However, the cruise control "off" switch on the steering wheel will disengage the system if needed.

Ford says the affected F-150 trucks were built at Dearborn Truck, March 1, 2014, to March 13, 2014, and at Kansas City Assembly, March 3, 2014, to March 13, 2014.

Ford dealers will remove and reinstall the brake pedal position switch.

Ford Transit

More fuel-related problems have caused Ford to recall 90 model year 2015 Ford Transit vans to fix the fuel filter bracket that holds the filter to the frame. Ford says the bracket can detach and cause a knocking sound or the engine to stall from getting no fuel.

A stalled engine could cause serious problems on the road, but Ford says it's unaware of any accidents or injuries related to the defect.

The recalled 2015 Transit vans have 3.2-liter diesel engines and were manufactured at Kansas City Assembly from July 28, 2014, to August 7, 2014.

Ford dealers will inspect the vans and reinforce the underbody structure, if necessary.

Ford didn't say when the recalls will begin, but click a model below to read complaints about the vehicles named in the recalls.