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From Products Liability Law Daily, July 2, 2015

Ford recalls over 432,000 vehicles in North America over defective body control module

By John Dumoulin

Ford Motor Company has recalled approximately 432,096 model year 2015 vehicles because of an issue with the body control module. The recalled vehicles include 2015 Focus vehicles built at Ford’s Michigan assembly plant between June 17, 2014 and June 12, 2015; 2015 C-MAX vehicles built at the Michigan assembly plant from April 22, 2014, through June 12, 2015; and 2015 Escape vehicles built at the manufacturer’s Louisville assembly plant between April 1, 2014 and June 12, 2015.

According to Ford’s announcement, it could be possible for the engine to continue to run in these vehicles after the ignition key is turned to the “off” position and the key is removed, or after the Engine Start/Stop button is pressed. This is a compliance issue with FMVSS 114 regarding theft protection and rollaway prevention, Ford reported. The recall involves about 374,781 vehicles in the United States and federalized territories, 52,180 in Canada, and 5,135 in Mexico. Ford said that it is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with the issue (Ford Press Release, July 2, 2015).

Remedy. Dealers will update the body control module software 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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