Ford Motor Co. said it will take a $295 million hit to its first-quarter earnings from two recalls in North America, one involving engines that could catch fire and the other involving a persistent door latch problem.
There are approximately 230,756 vehicles equipped with 1.6-liter GTDI engines located in North America, including 208,584 in the United States and federalized territories, 21,854 in Canada and 318 in Mexico. That can lead to a crack in the cylinder head, which could lead to a pressurized oil leak and that could result in an engine fire.
The 2014 Escape, along with the 2014-2015 Fiesta ST, the 2013-2014 Fusion, and the 2013-2015 Transit Connect, have a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that, due to a leaky coolant system, can overheat, crack the cylinder head, and then leak oil.
Ford will mail customers instructions from the owner's manual on how to check and refill coolant.
When service kits are available, dealers will install a coolant level sensor with supporting hardware and software at no charge to the customer, Ford said.
Auto industry giant Ford has issued safety recalls for almost half a million vehicles.
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The faulty door latch recall covers the 2014 Fiesta, the 2013 and 2014 Fusion and the Lincoln MKZ.
Ford will contact owners about the recalls and provide information on how to fix the problems.
The company recalled more than 2.3 million vehicles last fall because their door latches weren't working properly.
If this occurs, Ford says it can increase the risk of injury to drivers or passengers.
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