Ford Recalls Escape, Fusion, C-MAX, Lincoln MKZ

2013-2014 Ford Fusion, Escape, C-MAX; 2013-2014 Lincoln MKZ

The Problem: The assemblies for the driver and passenger seats may not have been welded properly, so the connection between the seatback frame and seatback recliner mechanism may be weaker than intended. Ford says that could allow the seat to move in a crash, which doesn't comply with federal regulations for seat strength.

The Fix: Ford will replace the seatback frames and any related parts.

Number Of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 42,972 2013-2014 Ford and Lincoln models in the U.S., plus 4744 in Canada, 1081 in Mexico, and 163 in other countries.

2001-2004 Ford Escape

The Problem: If the 2001-2004 Ford Escape is regularly used in "high-corrosion environments," most typically northern states that use road salt in winter, a mounted bracket for the lower control arm can fail. Ford says this would make it tougher to control the car, and says it has a report of one crash related to this problem, although no injuries were reported.

The Fix: Dealers will install a special brace to reinforce the Escape's subframe. The recall only applies to cars sold or currently registered in U.S. states that Ford deems at high risk of excessive rust and corrosion: Connecticut, Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, Delaware, Maine, Missouri, Pennsylvania, D.C., Maryland, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Vermont, Indiana, Michigan, New York, and West Virginia.

Number Of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 348,804 2001-2004 Ford Escape SUVs in the U.S., as well as 36,799 in Canada, 13 in Mexico, and 146 in other countries.

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