Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) announced a recall of more than 100 thousand vehicles in North America due to several safety issues. The automaker announced six different recalls today, and emphasized that no injuries were reported in connection with the vehicle defects.
Details of the Ford recall
According to Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F), the recall involves 92,022 Taurus, Lincoln MKS and Police Interceptor sedans; Flex and Lincoln MKT crossovers models 2013 and 2014 and Edge 2012 to 2014 models.
Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) explained that the right-hand shaft, which is part of the axle of the vehicles would possible disengage over time. According to the company, once the right-hand shaft disengaged, the vehicle will no longer operate.
In addition, Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) also recalled 5,264 5 Ford F59 Commercial Stripped Chassis vehicles models 2011 to 2014. The automaker said the electrical system of these vehicles could short-circuit, which could cause a fire. The automaker said no incidents of fire have been reported related to a faulty electrical system.
Furthermore, Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) recalled 2,100 Ford Escape crossover model 2014. The automaker said the panorama roof glass of these vehicles might not be properly glued during the production process.
Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) also recalled 368 Transit Connect vehicles model 2014 due to problems involving fluid reservoir cap. The automaker also recalled 200 Ford Fiesta 2014 model with leaking fuel tanks and 600 Ford F52 Motorhome Stripped Chassis and F59 Commercial Stripped Chassis vehicles that may have brake issues.
U.S. automakers recalled total of 40 million vehicles this year
Ford Motor Company’s (NYSE:F) latest recall makes the total number of vehicles called back by automakers in the United States to 40 million, which exceeds the previous highest record of 30.8 million recalled vehicles in 2004.
General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) accounts 20 million of the total recalled vehicles this year. The automaker have been the center of federal investigations due to the decade-long delayed recall of millions of vehicles with defective ignition switches that led to at least 13 fatalities and more than 50 crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) imposed a $35 million penalty to General Motors for its failure to resolve the problem immediately.
Earlier this year, Toyota Motor Corp (ADR) (NYSE:TM) (TYO:7203) paid $1.2 billion penalty to settle the complaint of the Department of Justice (DOJ) that it misled consumers and regulators related to the unintended acceleration of its vehicles.
The automakers became more prompt and sensitive in dealing with the potential safety problems of their vehicles after the actions of regulators against General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) and Toyota Motor Corp (ADR) (NYSE:TM) (TYO:7203) for failure to immediately recall their vehicles with defective components.