Ford is recalling nearly half a million vehicles in two separate actions announced today by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Just over 244,000 Ford Escape crossovers from model year 2001 and 2002 are being recalled for potentially leaky brake master cylinder reservoir caps, while nearly 206,000 2004 and 2005 Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey minivans may have defective torque converter output shafts.

NHTSA says that in the case of the Escape, leaking brake fluid could cause corrosion on an electrical connector in the antilock brake system wiring harness, leading to "melting, smoke or a fire." Ford will begin notifying owners the week of Jan. 23, although a parts delay is expected to postpone repairs. "Ford will instruct owners to park their vehicles outside until such time as parts become available," says NHTSA.

The minivan recall is scheduled for the second quarter of 2012, and will result in dealers inspecting and replacing the torque converter in affected vehicles.

Read the full NHTSA recall reports after the jump.
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Report Date : January 11, 2012 at 10:05 AM
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V005000

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
FORD / ESCAPE 2001-2002


Manufacturer: FORD MOTOR COMPANY Mfr's Report Date: JAN 04, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V005000 NHTSA Action Number: EA10002

Component: SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:ANTILOCK:CONTROL UNIT/MODULE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 244,530

Summary:
FORD IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2001-2002 ESCAPE VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM OCTOBER 22, 1999, THROUGH JULY 19, 2002, EQUIPPED WITH A BRAKE MASTER CYLINDER RESERVOIR CAP THAT COULD LEAK BRAKE FLUID. IF BRAKE FLUID LEAKS FROM THE CAP, IT COULD COME IN CONTACT WITH THE ANTILOCK BRAKE SYSTEM (ABS) MODULE WIRING HARNESS CONNECTOR.

Consequence:
CORROSION CAN DEVELOP IN THE ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR LEADING TO MELTING, SMOKE OR A FIRE.

Remedy:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE BRAKE MASTER CYLINDER RESERVOIR CAP AND THE ABS ELECTRICAL SYSTEM WILL BE MODIFIED. FORD EXPECTS TO NOTIFY OWNERS STARTING THE WEEK OF JANUARY 23, 2012. DUE TO A PARTS DELAY, HOWEVER, THE REMEDY MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE AT THAT TIME. IF PARTS ARE NOT AVAILABLE, FORD WILL INSTRUCT OWNERS TO PARK THEIR VEHICLES OUTSIDE UNTIL SUCH TIME AS PARTS BECOME AVAILABLE. OWNERS MAY CONTACT THE FORD MOTOR COMPANY CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP CENTER AT 1-866-436-7332. THIS RECALL CAMPAIGN IS RELATED TO 07V-156.

Notes:
FORD'S SAFETY RECALL NUMBER IS 11S24. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV

Report Date : January 11, 2012 at 10:06 AM
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V006000


Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
FORD / FREESTAR 2004-2005
MERCURY / MONTEREY 2004-2005

Manufacturer: FORD MOTOR COMPANY Mfr's Report Date: JAN 04, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V006000 NHTSA Action Number: EA09016

Component: POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:TORQUE CONVERTER
Potential Number of Units Affected: 205,896

Summary:
FORD IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2004 AND 2005 FORD FREESTAR AND MERCURY MONTEREY VEHICLES. THE TORQUE CONVERTER OUTPUT SHAFT MAY FAIL.

Consequence:
THIS CONDITION RESULTS IN A SUDDEN LOSS OF MOTIVE POWER WITH NO WARNING, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy:
FORD WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE TORQUE CONVERTER FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN THE SECOND CALENDAR QUARTER OF 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT THE FORD MOTOR COMPANY CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP CENTER AT 1-866-436-7332.

Notes:
FORD'S RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS 11S25. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV


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      NightFlight
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford can't catch a break on their minivans, no wonder why they exited the market. That being said, they were still LIGHTYEARS ahead of the garbage minivans that GM was spitting out. I rented an Uplander twice and both had hands DOWN the loudest suspension I've ever heard. I have no idea how that design was ever approved and made it through R&D.
        Tim Tav
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NightFlight
        Funny how a story about a Ford Escape recall becomes a rant on GM minivans. NightFlight, go away. You are in the wrong blog. I agree GM's minivans were a joke but please stay on subject.
        Tim Tav
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NightFlight
        No, it is not on subject. The subject of this blog is not GM vehicles, it is Ford vehicles. Bringing GM into this conversation would not be on subject since again, it is about a Ford recall. Not GM. Get it, or do I need to draw you a picture?
          NightFlight
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Tim Tav
          Right on, fanboy. Go ahead and draw me a picture.
      Walt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can the NHTSA come up with any more inane crap to try and tear down Ford? With Asian brand quality imploding, It appears nothing will stop our fine anti-capitalist government employees from continuing their assault on a fine American company.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Walt
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          merlot066
          • 2 Years Ago
          I liked all the exclamation points!!!!!!!!!!!! MAYBE NEXT TIME YOU CAN WRITE IN ALL CAPS TOO!!!!!!!
        sysadm1n
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Walt
        Walt, I hope you're just trolling.
      johnb
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's an awfully old vehicle to be recalled for something like this. Hey I have a 1982 K-Car sitting in the junkyard for "Excessive Wear" and "Rust" can you give me a freebie from Chrysler Mommy NHTSA?
        sysadm1n
        • 2 Years Ago
        @johnb
        As a consumer, I would absolutely want a recall issued for anything that would jeopardize my safety. Playing the age and wear and tear card doesn't cut it. How does a brake fluid cap "wear out"?
      techie69
      • 2 Years Ago
      Let the recall begin, it was just a matter of time all the vehicles get recalled for everything. The Big3 got the worst supplier base, of course the focus(not pun intended) was on numbers! Allan Mullaly has done good, but not enough to improve the quality culture, its a behemoth, next guy will probably screw up his work since its an internal appointment!
      CEC
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like Ford is leading the recall count for 2012.......so far. :(
      dt2192
      • 2 Years Ago
      should have bought a Mazda
      • 2 Years Ago
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      n738
      • 2 Years Ago
      It gets the Ford owners back to Ford dealerships & maybe looking at new &/or used vehicles and the possibility of buying one. So for the price of a cap, it may pay off in greater rewards for the dealers & Ford.
      Rollingdoughnut
      • 2 Years Ago
      I own an 04 Monterey which has been mostly trouble free in the 82,000 miles since I bought it. I read on websites about peoples transmissions giving out and costing $2-3,000 to fix, so I was always worried about that when we'd take a long trip. Of course.....now I can beat the hell out of the transmission and feel perfectly OK about it! Great news today! I'm going to go practice roll-back burnouts in the parking lot.....
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rollingdoughnut
        Just make sure you keep changing the transmission fluid on a regular basis. Use only the Motorcraft stuff, not a substitute. The people who neglected the maintenance are the ones having the most problems.
      Jesus!
      • 2 Years Ago
      My neighbor has an 02 Escape I think it is, and it has been a great vehicle for him. He had a 2 door Explorer as well, a 98, and it served him well too. I am just going to be like all the other fanboys on here and say...well at least they are taking care of it!
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