NEW YORK: Ford Motor issued two vehicle recalls last week, one to fix a corrosion risk that could affect steering and another to replace seat frames that do not meet safety standards.
Ford said it was recalling about 385,7500 Ford Escape sport-utility vehicles in the model years 2001 to 2004 to address a potential subframe corrosion issue that could cause the lower control arm to separate, resulting in reduced steering control and an increased crash risk.
The number two US carmaker said it was aware of one crash that may be related to the issue, but knew of no injuries.
Dealers will install a reinforcement crossbrace to prevent the separation.
Affected vehicles included some that were originally sold or currently registered in high-corrosion states or provinces, where road salt is used extensively to counter icy conditions. Most of the recall affects some 48,950 Escapes in the US and about 37,000 in Canada.
The second recall affects about 48,950 Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ, Escape and Ford C-MAX vehicles in the model years 2013 to 2014. Ford said that some seatback frames may have been produced with substandard welds, potentially increasing the risk of injury in certain collisions.
No accidents or injuries have been linked to this problem, Ford said.
Dealers will replace the suspect seat back frames and associated parts on the vehicles. Most of them—42,972 units—are located in the US.