Ford recalls 700K vehicles


Ford (F +0.3%) recalls 700K vehicles under two separate actions.

The first recall (Escape and C-Max hybrids) is to fix a software glitch which could affect air bag deployment and the second (Escape only) is to mend a door handle issue.

Last week, Ford popped $400M into its warranty and recall repair fund.

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  • ted lujan
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    Another big day for the ambulance chasers. At least it is not a matter of life and deaths
    9 May 2014, 02:26 PM Reply Like
  • houstongopher
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    I have a C-max and it's one of the best cars that I ever had
    9 May 2014, 03:37 PM Reply Like
  • wiseone123
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    For the Escape is this the seventh or eighth recall since it was "refreshed" in 2013? Who is the product manager for Escape? Should he or she be held accountable?

     

    That's right like GM no one is permitted to be accountable. Any chance that the cost of recalls should be deducted from all executive bonuses. Add it to the consumers' price tag going forward!!
    9 May 2014, 03:59 PM Reply Like
  • Tdot
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    Ford's Escape is actually the European Kuga with a new nameplate. It seems that many of the "global" products that have been brought to the US from Europe have proven to be rather unsatisfactory to Americans.
    9 May 2014, 08:27 PM Reply Like
  • 1980XLS
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    Actually this is the 11th recall for the Escape since 2013
    11 May 2014, 10:25 PM Reply Like
  • starcorral
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    We'd like to thank those who hold Ford to a higher level of accountability. The Explorer debacle from more than 10 years ago was a learning experience for Ford. They recall whenever a recall is necessary. At GM thay have recalls when they've expended every effort to conceal the truth.

     

    Ford considers it a integral part of customer satisfaction; GM coinsiders it a bunch of whining victims who should understand why GM can't be bothered with maimed customers.

     

    I complimented a man at a gas pump today -"You Malibu is really a nice looking". His response: It's a rental - a piece of crap; it's noisy and has a steering problem but it only has 26,000 miles. GO FIGURE.
    9 May 2014, 07:33 PM Reply Like
  • The Retired one
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    I'm could be wrong but i think the pinto's exploding gas tank incidents from rear end collisions way back many years ago made a impression on Ford.
    It appears they want to create a better idea of customer responsibility.
    12 May 2014, 05:56 AM Reply Like
  • 1980XLS
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    Actually Ford was eventually found "Not Guilty" in the Pinto fuel tank case.
    15 May 2014, 01:17 PM Reply Like
  • rtroy
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    i am a small building and remodeling contractor and i hate driving my truck so i bought a ford edge six years ago that i can use for work a lot of the time. it has had one small repair in six years and i couldnt be happier with almost everything about it. i am starting to wonder who is paying consumer reports to bad mouth it. i also am long on ford.
    10 May 2014, 01:28 PM Reply Like
  • Chief Noma
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    Why any car manufacturers do not do simple test run on a test track before it put any new model on production. Where before we had a new model it took at least 3 to 4 years before. Maybe those days were not better at least I think cars had less recalls and maybe I am wrong who knows. Anyway today time is money and every body in that kind of field wants to get first but at the end is it worh it? My parents told me if you do some kind of work do it well or do not do it at all. This for myself had good common sense.
    14 May 2014, 10:45 AM Reply Like
  • Tdot
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    Chief - do you actually think automakers do not run their new vehicles through many many months and even years of exhaustive testing on test tracks, in labs, and on the road before putting them on sale? They do.

     

    Sometimes problems arise though, because those vehicles that spend months getting tested are usually hand-built prototypes designed and put together by highly educated and meticulously trained engineers and expert craftsmen. Meanwhile the ones that get sold to the public are mass-produced at a factory by, well, union labor under limited supervision and sometimes difficult conditions. You never know when some inattentive random guy on the assembly line is going to find a creative way to skip a step, under- or over-tighten a nut, or install a part backwards, or drop it or bend it or crack it and then install it with damage that might go unnoticed until the thing is sold and on the road for 5000 miles when suddenly the fuel line bursts or a wheel falls off. And now you have to recall and inspect the entire production lot for the same issue.

     

    Surely you don't mean to say that every vehicle that is sold to a consumer should first be tested on a track for several years before delivery? Well, as it turns out, the automakers do do something like that: they select random vehicles that come off the production line and drive them around looking for problems or defects, and then sell them as used if everything checks out. But sometimes they do find defects or other problems that force a recall of all that production batch. Other times, a random one in 100,000 production line defect makes it to a customer, and sometimes terrible things happen as a result. And as a result, again the entire lot is recalled and inspected for the same problem, being repaired as needed.

     

    Rarely, as in GM's case as it turns out, a bad design makes it into production, but is only discovered when certain consumers do unanticipated things, like hanging 50 keys, a pen knife, flash light, chains, straps, cell pones, jewelry, and other things to the key chain, bouncing around over speed bumps and pot holes, ultimately damaging the ignition switch such that the ignition is unexpectedly switched off at 85 mph, leading to a crash into a bridge abutment with no air bags available, because since the engine is not running, therefore theoretically the car should be "stopped"; and you don't want airbags going off when the vehicle is "stopped" and you slam a door or something.

     

    At the end of the day, the NHTSA requires a whole host of very detailed "FMVSS" tests to be completed and certified before the first vehicle goes on sale. But for every one of those certification tests, there are probably 100 other tests performed, leading up to that "final exam" as it were. But even after all that, the consumers on the road are pretty awesome at coming up with creative ways to break their vehicles, or finding random flaws that were not covered in certification testing.

     

    Why, the NHTSA is probably now working with the automakers to develop an "overloaded key chain" test to certify that the ignition cannot be accidentally cut off, and the airbags disabled while the car is still moving at potentially lethal speeds.
    14 May 2014, 12:19 PM Reply Like
  • 1980XLS
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    True TDOT,

     

    Regardless of which Automaker one is a fan of, I recommend "Holden's Billion Dollar Baby, Making of the VE" (for those interested as to what it entails.)

     

    (Ultimately sold on the US as the Pontiac G8 in 2008 & 2009. And now as the Chevrolet SS Sedan, for 2014.

     

    Interesting documentary on the development of an all new car from inception to showroom. Including the expensive prototypes you refer to.

     

    http://bit.ly/1nSWv9N

     

    about 5-6 part in total on YouTube.
    15 May 2014, 01:25 PM Reply Like
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