Ford Motor Co. has issued a recall of 385,762 Escapes covering model years 2001-2004 as corrosion could separate of the lower control arm from the subframe of the SUV. The recall included 348,804 vehicles in the United States and 36,799 in Canada as of March 31, 2014,t covering vehicles sold in states where high corrosion may occur, particularly those that salt their streets during winter.
Dealers will fit a cross-brace reinforcement to affected vehicles. According to Ford, it is aware of one crash that may be related to the recall, but of zero injuries. The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration closed a similar probe into Ford vehicles in 2013, as the carmaker recalled 370,000 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car vehicles (model years 2005-2011) -- also sold in “salt belt” states -- to inspect and fix the lower steering shaft.
On the other hand, NHTSA disclosed that Ford is recalling 48,960 Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ, Ford Escape and C-Max vehicles (model years 2013-2014) to replace seatback frames that failed to meet the regulators’ standards. No injuries or crashes have been reported linked the seatback frames.