Ford Motor Co. has issued two separate recalls for 435,000 vehicles, including for older model Escapes with rusting subframes that could affect the drivers’ ability to steer. The company is recalling 385,750 model year 2001-2004 Escapes, most of which were sold in the U.S., because their rusting underbellies could cause the lower control arm to separate from the vehicle’s subframe, hurting the driver’s ability to steer, according to a report in The Detroit News.
The company has also recalled nearly 50,000 model year 2013-2014 Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ, Ford Escape and C-Max vehicles to replace seat back frames that don’t comply with a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) standard, according to the report. The Escapes that were rusting were sold or are registered in states in the midwestern and northeastern U.S. and in eastern Canada, in what is known as the “Salt Belt,” where salt is used to melt ice on roads.
The seat back problem was caused when the manufacturer did a substandard job of welding the seat backs’ recliner mechanisms to the seat backs’ frames, according to the report. The welding problem could potentially increase the risk of injury in some collisions. according to the report.
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