Ford has recalled more than 300,000 North American cars from between 2003 and 2005 for problems with a lighting control module that could cut off power to the headlights, which the company said has been related to 11 accidents and a minor injury. The automaker announced the recall for the Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis. Ford also recalled more than 1,200 2015 Ford Transit vehicles for a rear axle shaft issue, 177 Ford F-650 and F-750 vehicles for a rear air brake chamber problem and issued a safety compliance recall for just over 3,200 Ford F-150 SuperCrew vehicles for a safety belt concern.
The headlight issue affects 312,814 North American vehicles, including 296,004 in the U.S. and its territories, 14,714 in Canada and 2,096 in Mexico. The cars were built between October 2001 and August 2005 at the St. Thomas assembly plant in Canada. The solder joints on the module could crack and interrupt power to the headlamps – increasing the risk of crash at night, according to Ford. The company will replace the lighting control module for free for customers. The company decided to take action after evaluating data from a 2014 customer satisfaction program, and reviewing the issue with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Of the remaining recalls, Ford said it is not aware of accidents or injuries linked to the problems. The Ford Transit recall is for rear axle shafts that “could fracture, either causing a loss of motive power without warning while driving or unintended vehicle movement when the vehicle is in park without the parking brake engaged – increasing the risk of injury or crash,” the company said.
The recalled dual-rear-wheel vehicles were built at the Kansas City, Mo., assembly plant between May and June and Ford said it will replace both rear axle shafts.
For the F-650 and F-750 recall, Ford said a braking problem could lead to accidents, with vehicles manufactured at the Ohio assembly plant between June and November affected. “The air brake jounce hoses could contact the vehicle’s rear axle housing during vehicle operation, which could cause a leak and inadvertent application of the parking brake or diminished braking performance – increasing the risk of a crash,” Ford said. On the safety belt issue, Ford F-150 SuperCrew vehicles built between January and March at the Dearborn assembly plant are affected, the company said. Ford will replace the front safety belt retractor and pretensioner assembly. “The safety belt assembly could have improperly secured pretensioner cables, and might not adequately restrain an occupant in a crash,” the company said.
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