Ford Motor Co. issued three separate recalls on March 25 involving approximately 221,000 vehicles, including police cars, ambulances and some of the automaker’s Lincoln-brand hearses. The largest part of the recall involves 213,000 Ford Explorer and Police Interceptor Utility vehicles that the automaker is concerned about after identifying issues with a spring in the vehicles’ interior door handle, which it says could spring open in the event of a side-impact crash. As you may know, the Police Interceptor Utility vehicle is basically an amped-up Ford Explorer. The vehicles are the country’s top-selling law enforcement car.
Ford said 194,484 of the model year 2011 through 2013 Explorers and police SUVs were sold in the U.S., 12,392 in Canada and 6,035 in Mexico. Dealers will replace the door handles at no cost to consumers. Ford is also recalling 6,500 model year 2011 through 2015 F-Series Super Duty ambulances and emergency vehicles over problems with their temperature sensors. The automaker said the vehicles’ exhaust gas temperature sensors can malfunction, which causes them to warn drivers of overly high temperatures when there isn’t actually a problem.
While 96 of the emergency vehicles were sold in Canada and 54 in Mexico, the rest were sold in the U.S. As with the police cars, Ford said it would replace the impacted parts at no cost to owners. A third Ford recall in this batch involves approximately 1,700 Lincoln MKT limos and hearses over an issue with their vacuum pump relays that can cause a fire under the vehicles’ hoods. The company said it knows of two fires caused by the problem. Ford will pay to replace all applicable parts on the affected vehicles.
According to Ford, there are 1,586 vehicles in the U.S. at risk of fire and 139 in Canada. Ford said it is unaware of accidents or injuries caused by any of the recalled vehicles. It added that it is unaware of any patients riding in the recalled emergency vehicles who have been harmed.
Source: Insurance Journal
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