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Ford recalls 435,000 cars and SUVs to fix rusty parts and seat frames

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Ford is recalling nearly 386,000 Escapes from model years 2001-2004 after it was found that the subframes can “potentially rust permitting a control arm to separate and interfere with steering control.”

The vehicles involved were manufactured at the Kansas City assembly plant from October 22, 1999 thru December 19,2003, and at the company’s assembly plant in Ohio from May 1, 2003-January 23, 2004, and were originally sold in Washington DC as well as 20 states. These include New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Vermont, Maine, Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, Delaware, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, West Virginia.

Additional Escapes involved in the recall are vehicles that were either sold or registered in the following Canadian provinces: Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Labrador and Newfoundland.

Dealers are expected to fix the problem by installing a reinforcement brace to the frames.

Ford is also issuing a second recall for 49,000 Ford Fusions, Lincoln MKZ, Escapes, and C-Max vehicles from 2013-2014 in order to replace seat back frames that were not properly welded.

For more information contact your local Ford Dealer, or the NHTSA, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, West Bldg., Washington DC 20590 888 327-4236.