Another day, another recall. This time it actually involves two from Ford, both related to 2013-2014 Escape, as well as C-Max from the same model years. According to the company 692,000 Escape small SUVs and 60,000 C-Max hybrids may be suffering from a software glitch that could prevent side airbags from deploying during roll-over crashes, putting passengers at dire risk. According to company spokeswoman Kelli Felder, dealers will be able to reset the software to remedy the problem.
It was also announced that 60,000 late model Escapes are being recalled to repair exterior latches that may not close properly, thus allowing doors to pop open when driving. Despite its name, the SUVs can’t seem to “escape” problems no matter what the model year. Ford announced previously recalled the Escape SUV in November last year after detecting a fire hazard linked to a defective fuel line that could chafe and leak. Then only a couple of weeks ago the company issued another recall of approximately 350,000 Escapes from model years 2001 to 2004 over concerns of lower control arm failure.
In the meantime, Fiat Chrysler announced that it was recalling 780,000 2010-2014 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country minivans after 36 car owners reported that the drivers’ side window switches overheated after being exposed to rain. To fix this problem, dealers can disconnect the switches that open and close the third power windows. The company said it will contact owners directly.
To learn more about these and other recent automotive recalls, readers can visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at nhtsa.gov