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Ford issues safety recalls in North America, Canada

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Posted at 11:05 AM, Oct 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-19 11:05:23-04

DEARBORN, Mich. (WXYZ) — Ford issued two safety recalls in North America and one safety compliance recall in Canada.

One recall was issued for select 2019-20 Ford Transit Connect vehicles equipped with the 2.5-liter engine. In affected vehicles, the software calibration for the engine failsafe cooling strategy contains temperature threshold values that are higher than intended. In the event of elevated engine temperatures due to coolant loss, there will be a delay in vehicles invoking the failsafe cooling strategy, resulting in engine temperatures exceeding critical limits. Under severe cases, running the engine at temperatures above critical limits for prolonged periods of time could result in engine damage and increase the risk of fire.

Ford says it is not aware of any accidents, injuries or fires related to the recall. It affects 2,903 vehicles in the U.S. and federal territories and 584 in Canada. Affected vehicles were built at Valencia Assembly Plant from Aug. 2, 2018, to July 30, 2020. The Ford reference number for this recall is 20S60.

Additionally, a safety recall was issued for select 2020 Ford Escape vehicles. In affected vehicles, Ford says the tire pressure monitoring system may function in a reduced capacity and may intermittently fail to adequately warn a driver of low air pressure in the rear tires. Driving with low tire pressure could lead to poor vehicle handling and control, increasing the risk of a crash.

Ford is not aware of any reports of accident or injury related to this condition. The recall affects 689 vehicles in the U.S. and 19 in Canada.

Affected vehicles were built at Louisville Assembly Plant from June 26, to Aug. 14, 2020. Dealers will replace the body control module. The Ford reference number for this recall is 20S59.

A safety compliance recall was issued for select 2017-20 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT500 vehicles in Canada. In affected vehicles, Ford says the daytime running lamps may not activate as required. If the daytime running lights do not activate, the vehicle may be less visible to other drivers during the day. The reduced visibility of other drivers may increase the risk of a crash.

The recall affects 833 vehicles in Canada. Affected vehicles were built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant from Sept. 22, 2016, to July 12, 2020.