|01/28/14 09:08AM||Nissan and Hyundai, Safety Recalls for Ford|
Recalled Vehicles Hit Records In November
Vehicle recalls have become quite a common site in the automotive industry lately. Over the past few years, we've seen millions of vehicles being recalled by some of the biggest car makers in the world, including the likes of Toyota and Honda, which are known for making some of the safest, most reliable vehicles. In the past couple of weeks, there have been several high-profile recalls, such as the one involving over 160,000 Ford Escape units, or the 2,500 NV200s recalled by Nissan, as well as the recall of 15,000 Hyundai Entourage units.
Ford has had to recall thousands of Escapes on several occasions in the past, and it had to do it again in late November, stating oil and fuel leaks that could cause engine fires as a reason. This is the seventh recall affecting Ford Escape, one of the best-selling SUVs in U.S. This time around, about 161,000 were affected in several countries across the globe, with the majority of them being in the United States. They are all from the 2013 model year, powered by 1.6-liter, 4-cylinder engines. The company filed documents with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, where it has stated that the engine cylinder can overheat, resulting in oil leaks. They said that 13 cases involving fires as result of this issue have been reported, but none of them resulted in injuries. In addition to this issue, about 12,000 units had incorrectly installed fuel lines, which could cause gas leaks, but no fires related to this defect have been reported.
Since the number of recalled vehicles is unusually high, at least when it comes to such a new model, speculations of poor quality are already starting to spread around and Ford will have difficulties explaining their customers that the Escape is safe and reliable.
Furthermore, about 7,300 Lincoln MKZ Hybrids were recalled by Ford Motors, citing issues with the powertrain control module, which could cause the car to roll away. They were all made in 2013, with 7,100 sold in the U.S., and the rest of them in Canada. Ford said that the powertrain control module wasn't working properly because of malfunctioning transmission range sensors.
Hyundai recalled 15,500 Entourage minivans, due to suspension problems. The company said that the front lower control arm could rust and fracture, particularly in areas with extremely cold weather. All vehicles were built in 2007 and 2008.
As far as Nissan is concerned, ithey recalled about 2,500 NV200 units in mid-December. All of them were built in 2013. The issue involved a wiring harness that has been improperly positioned, that caused the battery terminal fuse to blow, which resulted in a stalled engine. This increased the risk of a crash, as NHTSA stated. Nissan had authorized dealers reposition the wiring harness to resolve the issue. The NV200 van was intended to be used by the majority of taxi cab drivers in New York, as part of the “Taxi of Tomorrow” project, replacing the Ford Crown Victoria.