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From Products Liability Law Daily, December 22, 2015

Ford recalls over 317,000 vehicles in three safety recalls, one safety compliance recall

By John Dumoulin

Ford Motor Company has recalled 317,474 vehicles in North America in three separate safety recalls and one safety compliance recall, according to a company press release. The three safety recalls involve: (1) 312,814 model year 2003-2005 Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis vehicles to replace a lighting control module; (2) 177 model year 2016 Ford F-650 and F-750 vehicles to replace the rear air brake chamber; and (3) 1,265 model year 2015 Ford Transit dual-rear-wheel vehicles to replace rear axle shafts. The safety compliance recall involves 3,218 model year 2015 Ford F-150 SuperCrew vehicles to replace the front safety belt retractor and pretensioner assembly (Ford Press Release, December 22, 2015).

Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis recall. The recall involves vehicles built at St. Thomas Assembly Plant from October 3, 2001, through August 2, 2005, including 296,004 in the United States and federalized territories, 14,714 in Canada, and 2,096 in Mexico. According to the company, the solder joints on the lighting control module could crack and interrupt power to the headlamps, increasing the risk of a crash at night. Ford is aware of 11 reports of accidents and one report of a minor injury related to this issue. Ford said dealers will replace the lighting control module at no cost to the customer.

2016 Ford F-650 and F-750 recall. This recall involves vehicles built at Ohio Assembly Plant from June 18, 2015, through November 15, 2015, including 167 in the United States and federalized territories and 10 in Canada. According to the company’s release, 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, which would increase the risk of a crash. Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue. Dealers will install a rear brake air chamber replacement at no cost to the customer, and dealers also will inspect the vehicle brakes and parking brake air lines for damage, replacing them as needed.

2015 Ford Transit dual-rear-wheel recall. This recall involves vehicles built at Kansas City Assembly Plant from May 1, 2015, through June 26, 2015, including 1,170 in the United States and federalized territories and 95 in Canada. Ford reported that the rear axle shafts could fracture, either causing a loss of motive power without warning while an individual is driving, or unintended vehicle movement when the vehicle is in park without the parking brake being engaged, which would increase the risk of injury or a crash. The company said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue. Ford said that dealers will replace both rear axle shafts at no cost to the customer.

2015 Ford F-150 SuperCrew safety compliance recall. This recall involves vehicles built at Dearborn Assembly Plant from January 22, 2015, through March 17, 2015, including 2,590 in the United States and federalized territories, 555 in Canada, and 73 in Mexico. According to Ford, the safety belt assembly could have improperly secured pretensioner cables and might not adequately restrain an occupant in a crash. The company said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue. Ford’s release stated that dealers will remove and replace the front driver and/or passenger safety belt retractor and pretensioner assembly at no cost to the customer.

Contact information. Owners may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Companies: Ford Motor Co.

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