Last year was a relatively rough one for Ford Motor Co., as the company issued recalls for a variety of popular vehicles, including the increasingly popular Fusion midsize sedan. However, the company’s biggest culprit in recall news for 2012 was the popular sports utility vehicle, the Escape, which was involved in four recalls last year alone. Three of those recalls, which featured model years sold as far back as 2002, were spurred by defects that could have potentially caused engine fires.
As for 2013, Ford hadn’t been without bad news, as the American manufacturer recalled approximately 5,675 2013 C-Max Hybrid, Escape and Focus vehicles earlier this month because of a manufacturing defect involving child locks that could allow kids to open their doors when they shouldn’t. This week, the Ford recall news is once again related to fire dangers, though, as approximately 3,500 Ford Taurus, Explorer and Lincoln MKS vehicles are being recalled because of at least six reports of tanks with either fuel odors or leaks.
The Taurus and MKS vehicles in question were manufactured in Chicago between July 2011 and January 2012, according to the Chicago Tribune, while the Explorers were built in March 2012. The defect in question involves an improperly molded seam that, in the case of an accident, could break and allow fuel to leak, which would lead to an obvious fire hazard. Ford officials claim that no accidents or injuries have been associated with this fuel tank issue as of yet.
While Ford has stated that it will inspect recalled vehicles’ fuels tanks and replace any faulty ones for free, it has not yet announced a schedule for doing so. In the meantime, Ford owners can contact the company at (866) 436-7332 for additional information.
With winter storms still pounding away at most of the country, many people have found themselves hitting the pavement with shovels to clear snow each morning. Others in more commonly snowed-in areas may even break out a snow blower to do the heavy work, as some cities in the Northeast are reporting as many as eight inches of snow this week. Read more
Another day, another recall for recreational vehicles, as this time a popular off-road motorcycle is under scrutiny because of more dangerous consumer reports. This time the recall being reported involves the Enduro motorcycle, which is manufactured by Austria’s KTM-Sportmotorcycle and imported by KTM North America, as the U.S. Read more
Typically, when someone mentions hazards on a golf course, we think of sand traps and lakes. We generally don’t associate such hazards with our golf carts catching on fire, but that’s the danger that some people may be facing by operating golf carts and transporting vehicles that have recently been manufactured by Club Car. The Augusta, Georgia-based company has announced the voluntary recall of more than 4,000 golf cars and utility vehicles, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Read more
Consumer Reports recently announced that Yamaha has issued a recall of more than 2,300 VMX17 (V-MAX) motorcycles due to a possibly serious engine issue. The recall addresses the possible failure of the motorcycle’s oil pump due to abnormally high oil pressures.
If the pump were to malfunction and stop pumping oil to the engine, “severe engine damage can occur, causing the engine to stall and not restart again, increasing the risk of a crash,” Consumer Reports explained. In 2008 alone, there were 5,312 deaths attributed to motorcycle accidents. Read more
Two popular European automobile manufacturers have notified dealers to halt sales on some of their diesel vehicles due to fire risks. Audi and Volkswagen have issued recalls stemming from a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that showed that no less than eight customers have complained about an issue in the common-rail diesel engine of some of these companies’ vehicles. Read more
In a recent recall notice reported by Consumer Reports, the consumer safety resource explained that Mercedes-Benz has instigated a recall of 6,872 vehicles due to a fuel filter that may leak near the area where the heating component sits. This fuel leak could lead to a potentially lethal fire, due to its presence near a possiblel source of ignition. Read more