• Oct 11, 2006
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Ford will be recalling close to 140,000 Five Hundreds and Mercury Montegos, along with over six thousand Hybrid Escapes.

The cause of the recall on the Five Hundred and its Mercury stable mate is a faulty door latch that may allow water to enter the mechanism and, if the water freezes, could cause the door to open while the sedan is in motion. The recall will affect 2005-2006 model year vehicles.

On 2006 Escape Hybrids, Ford has found that the drivetrain shaft could fracture and, in turn, may cause the vehicle to move even if the 'ute is in the 'Park' position.

Ford dealers are instructed to inspect and replace the part if it's necessary.

[Source: Reuters]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      LM Dealer,

      I would like to do that, but I have no idea where to get up-to-date counts on vehicles soldmanufactured. If anyone knows of an easy way to get this information, I will look into the feasibility of including it in my data.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Dan,

      Could you go one step further and divide the number of recalls by the total number of vehicles sold in that same period of time? It would be interesting to see what the ratio is. Obviously the manufacturers who produce the most vehicles should probably have more recalls as a result. I'm sure others would be interesed in this information.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I agree with Justin
      • 8 Years Ago

      Well I guess the Domestic Bashing will start shortly.
      • 8 Years Ago
      An obvious newcomer to AB:

      "When Toyota has a recall all you idiots do is bash bash bash, but when one of the domestics has a recall it's not a big deal. With morons who share such a blind allegiance to Ford and GM, it's no wonder they're in so much trouble."

      Look up any blog relating to any Import and you'll find this comment (especially the no big deal part) repeated continuously by the pre-import people. It will be followed by "at least they are fixing it". So, it's by no means only associated to the pro-domestic people. Both sides have members with "blind allegiance". It would be a little "blind" for you to think either side is without those types.

      Whether you like Domestics or Imports it doesn't matter. Any recall is looked at as a problem by the majority of consumers. What's ironic is the majority of consumers with a recalled vehicle don't ever take it in to be repaired.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #16. The numbers you gave include equipment recalls, which I did not include because they don't tend to be as important as vehicle recalls in that many of them don't include actually taking the vehicle to the manufacturer. For instance, the Corolla recall of 292,000 that you list has this description...

      "WITHOUT THE AMBER REFLECTORS, THE VEHICLE WILL BE POORLY ILLUMINATED, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A VEHICLE CRASH."

      and these instructions...

      "ANZO WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPLACE THE HEADLAMPS FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN MAY 9, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT ANZO USA AT 909-468-3688."

      The problem with including these types of recalls in the totals is because sometimes the same equipment recall campaign affects multiple makes and models.

      This Anzo headlight campaign affected almost all vehicle makers (foreign and domestic) in one way or another. So the 292,000 number is ALL vehicles affected including the Corolla. And I don't see a way to split up number of vehicles affected by makemodel. This is the primary reason I only include vehicle recalls in my counts.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Justin, I believe Toyota is being investigated in Japan for just that......ignoring defects and therefore, not recalling vehicles.
      • 8 Years Ago
      There goes Dan again trying to use logic and objective information again.

      Don't you know that's not welcome here? The comments are supposed to be based ONLY on personal experience backed up by a lot of piss and vinegar.

      • 8 Years Ago
      yeap,

      and if they were to ignore the issue as GM is doing with their intake planum manifold leaking gasket they would deserve the bashing,

      seing how there is about 6000 or so hybrids with the issue, Ford is doing the right thing acting quickly on it rather than act like GM which is still saying they have no issue with the leaking gaskets. I know they leak - i replced the gasket on my finaces car at 50k miles - for about 1 week or so i was putting in about 1 gallon of radiator fluid every day - and it is starting to leak again, twice already I have added more fluid in as the light came on.

      the door latch issue has most of the recalls and they are fixing those too - good for them. Toyota in japan is also ignorig some isssues and they also deserve to be bashed just like GM does.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Dan, where are you getting those numbers?

      I went to the NHTSA site, and I couldn't find any info by manufacturer. Then I went and added up all the 2006 recalls by model, and didn't come up with nearly the same numbers as you. Mine we're much smaller all around.

      Please let me know where I can find that info.

      Thanks.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I hope not...the door latch issue isn't exactly a massive problem.

      As for the Escapes...at least they caught it and are fixing it. Recalls shouldn't get the negativity they do, while theyre inconvenient and problematic, I'd much rather they issue the recall than ignore the problem.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Uh, Shawn, you can't count 292,000 three times for the Corolla/Matrix/xB.
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