Ford Motor Co. F, -0.81% issued a safety recall on around 88,000 late-model cars and SUVs in North America, including 7,353 in Canada because of a fuel pump issue. This problem could lead to stalling of a vehicle without warning while driving.
Number of Cars and SUVs Potentially Affected: The company recall covers about 88,151 vehicles, which include 77,502 vehicles in the United States and 7,353 in Canada. The models affected include certain Ford Flex wagons, Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS sedans, as well as Lincoln MKT SUV’s, from the 2013-2015 model years. Reports indicate that regular consumers aren’t the only ones affected by this recall. In fact, it’s estimated that thousands of Ford Police Interceptor sedans are also included in the recall.
The recall only applies to vehicles equipped with Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, a gasoline turbocharged 6-cylinder direct injection engine. The 3.5-litre Lincoln MKT and Ford Flexes were build at Ford’s assembly plant in Oakville, Ontario, between September 12, 2011 and May 31, 2015 while the Ford Police Interceptor sedans were built at the Chicago assembly plant between 2013 and 2015. The recall doesn’t apply to the Explorer based Police Interceptor SUVs, which the company says actually make up about 75% of its Interceptor sales.
The automaker says that the recall is related to defective fuel-pump control modules which may fail, even when the cars are in motion. The issue can result in the vehicles stalling unexpectedly. When a stall happens, drivers are left with no means to restart the vehicles back on. This is definitely inconvenient in case it occurs while the vehicle is parked. On the road, however, it could be incredibly dangerous. If the car is in operation or is moving at the time of the stall, you may be left without vital safety devices, including power brakes, airbags, and power steering. Thankfully, Ford says that no accidents, wrecks or injuries associated with the issue are yet to be reported.
The company says it is working with parts makers to quickly ship new modules. Starting the week of October 17, Ford will notify customers to bring in their cars for repairs. Dealers will replace the faulty fuel pump control module at no cost to vehicle owners. Concerned owners can visit Ford.com and click-on “safety recalls” close to the bottom of the web page to see whether their cars are part of the recall. They will need to key in the identification number of their vehicle. Those whose cars are in the recalled record and are concerned about stalling need to contact their local auto parts dealer, the company says.
In a separate, yet oddly similar, recall, Ford also issued a safety-recall of Ford Transit 3.2-liter diesel equipped vehicles from the 2015 to 2016 model years with faulty fuel injection pumps. The malfunction may cause the engines to not start, or stall while driving. Around 2,472 cars are affected, with about 2,013 of those residing in the United States. Also, around 23,000 units of the Ford Escape sport-utility vehicle from the 2017 model year were recalled to recalibrate power window software. Following this announcement, Ford’s stock slipped 04% in midday trade. This year, the company’s stock has shed 12% to date. On the other hand, the S&P 500 SPX, -0.33% has, during the year, gained 6.8%.