Ford recalling 25,000 vehicles in two new campaigns

David Shepardson
Detroit News Washington Bureau

Washington — – Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday it is recalling 25,700 SUVs and crossovers in two separate campaigns, including the latest callback by the industry for ignition switches that could cause air bags to fail.

Both campaigns involve certain 2015 Lincoln MKC compact crossovers. The automaker is not aware of any accidents or injuries in either recall.

Ford is calling back 13,500 2015 Lincoln MKC crossovers to move the pushbutton keyless ignition switch location. The automaker said that because of the switch’s close proximity to other controls, drivers were inadvertantly shutting off the engine while driving. If the engine is shut off while driving, air bags may not inflate as intended.

The ignition recall covers 2015 Lincoln MKC vehicles built Aug. 20, 2013 to Sept. 9, 2014 at Ford’s Louisville Assembly Plant. The recall covers 11,144 vehicles in the United States and its territories, 2,033 in Canada and 397 in Mexico.

Dealers will replace the gearshift module with one that has the pushbutton start in a different location, and they will reprogram the powertrain control module.

Ignition switches have gotten a lot of attention this year. General Motors Co. recalled 2.6 million older cars in February that are linked to 42 deaths because ignition keys could move out of position, causing cars to stall and disabling power steering and air bags. Other automakers have recalled vehicles for other ignition-switch issues.

Separately, Ford is recalling 12,200 2014 Ford Escapes and 2015 Lincoln MKCs for a fuel pump issue. Ford said an issue with the nickel plating on the fuel pump may cause the pump to seize. If it seizes, the SUV may not start or may stall while driving.

Affected vehicles include 2014 Ford Escapes built April 15, 2014 to May 8, 2014 in Louisville and certain 2015 Lincoln MKCs built April 21, 2014 to May 15, 2014 in the same plant.

The fuel pump recall covers 9,038 vehicles in the United States, 3,074 in Canada and 93 in Mexico.

Dealers will replace the fuel delivery module at no cost to customers.

In 2014, Ford said it has issued 42 recalls covering 4.9 million vehicles. By contrast, Ford had 16 recalls covering 1.2 million vehicles last year.


The Volkswagen Group of America is recalling about 38,000 cars because a fuel leak in the engine may cause a fire.

The automaker said no injuries or accidents have been reported.

The recall covers 2014-15 models of the Volkswagen Beetle, Jetta, Passat and 2015 models of the Golf and GTI.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said drivers might smell gas inside their vehicles. Volkswagen is telling owners who smell gas or see the electronic power control warning light go on to immediately bring the vehicle to a Volkswagen dealer to have the fuel system inspected.

Associated Press