Ford recalls 203,000 vehicles for warning issues

David Shepardson
Detroit News Washington Bureau

Washington — Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday it is recalling 203,000 new Transit Connect and Escape vehicles because warning chimes and messages may not appear on instrument clusters.

The recall covers the 2014-15 models because when “starting the vehicle, the instrument cluster, warning chimes, messages and warning lights may not work, which is a compliance issue with FMVSS 101 and other applicable FMVSS requirements. If these displays don’t work as intended, it could increase the risk of a crash.”

The recall covers 182,520 in the United States and federalized territories, 18,226 in Canada and 2,699 in Mexico. There are no reports of injuries or crashes related to the issue.

The latest generation of the Ford Escape has had many glitches. The 2014 Escape has been recalled eight times and is the subject of 34 service bulletins, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The 2014 Escape has been recalled for fuel pump and twice for air bag issues. The company called it back last year because the fuel delivery module may crack, engine wiring may cause stalling, the panoramic roof glass may not be properly attached, the door handles may open during driving and it may have sub-standard weld joints used to attach the seat back recliner mechanism to the seat frame.

The 2013 Escape has been recalled 12 times, NHTSA says.

Separately, Ford is issuing a small recall covering just 49 2015 model Transit vehicles in the United States for a seat belt labeling issue. These vehicles have a special-order front passenger seat belt that works properly, but was mislabeled by the supplier and does not contain information required by law.