It seems that the hard winter in much of the country has been as rough on some Fords as it has on many people. The Blue Oval is recalling roughly 434,000 vehicles in two separate recalls, and one of them partially caused by the salt used to melt the snow on roads.

The first recall covers 385,750 2001-2004 Escape models in the Midwest, Northeast and Canada because a subframe could rust and eventually fail. This is partially due to the road salt used in those areas, and about 349,000 of the affected vehicles are in the US. To remedy the problem, dealers are installing a reinforcement cross brace on the frame to strengthen them. There has been one crash caused by the failure but no injuries. According to The Detroit News, this is not the first rust-related recall for Ford. It estimates the company has repaired over two million vehicles since 2010 for problems on vehicles related to the iron oxide, including the rear wheel wells of the Freestar minivan.

The second recall covers 48,950 2013-2014 Ford Fusion, Escape, C-MAX and Lincoln MKZ models because welds in their seatbacks don't meet National Highway Traffic Safety Administration standards. The fault affects the front seats, and the sub-standard welds joining the seatback to the recliner could increase the chance on injury. There have been no reported injuries or accidents caused by the problem, but there are 42,972 affected vehicles in the US and 4,744 in Canada.

We've contacted Ford for more details about when it plans to begin repairing the affected vehicles, and we'll update this story when we hear back.


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      budwsr25
      • 8 Months Ago
      What will happen if the subframe is rusted beyond being able to handle the new cross brace?
        ffelix422
        • 8 Months Ago
        @budwsr25
        Service will throw the new part in your backseat and send you on your way.
      D210
      • 8 Months Ago
      Yep, Ford is still junk
      Karfreek
      • 8 Months Ago
      10+ years of rust belt driving you should start to expect rust thru. I can't believe that Ford has to recall these and fix them. Smh.
      viggen
      • 8 Months Ago
      I wish Ford would get its act together on quality. Nevertheless, I cut them whatever slack they need because they're making it on their own and in the process they're creating the most compelling mainstream product line-up in the business. Contrast to taxpayer leeches like GM and Chrysler/Fiat...
      carguy1701
      • 8 Months Ago
      Road salt in general is bad.
      darkness
      • 8 Months Ago
      GUILTY and where are the Ford fan boys at ?
        Finklestein
        • 8 Months Ago
        @darkness
        Every car maker is prone to recalls these days...bagging on one in particular is just asking for it since [insert your favorite brand] has had or will have a big recall. At least the have been no reported injuries or accidents from this. There is nothing worse than a company knowingly making cars with deadly defects...Ford did it in the 70's and Government Motors is reviving that crappy business model today.
          That Guy
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Finklestein
          30+ police officers have died because a design flaw that Ford knew about in the 60s yet still used up until 2012. And the government does not own any of the automakers do that make no sense at all.
          That Guy
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Finklestein
          *so that makes no sense...
      ebn.hahn
      • 8 Months Ago
      Mr. Chris Bruce! Reacall is for 01-04 Escapes!, Why you are showing 2013-2014 Escape pictures A_HOLE!!!. You are missleading the public you "anti-Ford" piece of garbage.....
      Muttons
      • 8 Months Ago
      Geez, that's pretty quick. They should have waited 15 years and earned a trip to Washington.
        Ethan Schmitt
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Muttons
        2001-2004 escape. thats not the definition quick.
          onewayroll
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Ethan Schmitt
          It's not the sort of problem that shows up over night
          speeddanimal
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Ethan Schmitt
          BMW has known about rear subframe issues on the '99 to '06 3-Series and Z3 for years. In 2009, they settled a class action lawsuit to repair the issue. They still haven't issued a recall, and good luck getting them to actually do the repair (thousands) if you have an issue.
      Jesus!
      • 8 Months Ago
      Well I think all we have left to hear from is Hyundai and Kia and that should wrap up recalls from every manufacturer for this month lol.
      • 8 Months Ago
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