By far the biggest affects just under 213,000 Ford Explorer and Police Interceptor Utility SUVs from MY2011 through 2013. In these vehicles, a spring in the doorway handle could be come unseated, Ford reports, causing the doors to open in a side-impact accident. The affected vehicles were built over a wide range of dates, starting with February 1, 2011 and November 30, 2012. As usual, the majority of the 212,911 vehicles were sold in the US market – 194,484 vehicles, in fact, while Canada and Mexico split the remainder, with 12,392 and 6,035, respectively.
The other two recalls focus on specialty vehicles, with Ford recalling 6,500 F-Series Super Duty ambulances and emergency trucks from model years 2011 to 2015. In the case of the 2014 and 2015 F-Series, only trucks with the 6.7-liter turbodiesel are affected. These trucks may have faulty exhaust gas sensors, which according to Ford, could cause the trucks to think they're in a high-temperature situation. The trucks in questions were built at Ford's Kentucky truck plant between February 22, 2010 and February 1, 2015.
Finally, the Blue Oval is recalling 1,725 specialty Lincoln MKT crossovers from MY2013 to 2015. These include limos and hearses built between March 6, 2012 and March 4, 2015. Affected MKTs may have a faulty vacuum pump relay that could cause a fire under the hood.
In the case of the Explorers, dealers will inspect all four door handles and repair them as needed. The Super Duty's will get software updates, while the MKTs will have the vacuum pump relays replaced outright. A pair of MKT fires has been the only reported incident caused by the recalled components, while the company is unaware of any injuries or deaths.
Scroll down for the official press release from Ford.
DEARBORN, Mich., March 25, 2015 – Ford is issuing three safety recalls in North America. No accidents or injuries are attributed to these conditions. Details are as follows:
Ford issues safety recall for certain 2011-2013 Ford Explorer and Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicles for interior door handle issue
Ford is issuing a safety recall for approximately 213,000 2011-2013 Ford Explorer and Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicles in North America (actual 212,911) for an issue with the spring that controls the interior door handles. If the spring is unseated, the door may become unlatched in a side-impact crash, increasing the risk of injury.
Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this condition.
Affected vehicles include certain 2011-2013 Ford Explorer and Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicles built at Chicago Assembly Plant, Feb. 1, 2011 to Jan. 31, 2012; June 1, 2012 to June 30, 2012; and Oct. 1, 2012 to Nov. 30, 2012.
There are 194,484 vehicles in the United States and federalized territories, 12,392 in Canada and 6,035 in Mexico.
Dealers will inspect all four interior door handle assemblies and repair or replace the handles as necessary at no cost to the customer.
Ford issues safety recall for certain 2013-2015 Lincoln MKT limo and hearse vehicles in North America for vacuum pump relay issue
Ford is issuing a safety recall for 1,725 2013-2015 Lincoln MKT limo and hearse vehicles in North America for an issue with the vacuum pump relay that could result in an underhood fire.
Ford is aware of two underhood fires, but no accidents or injuries believed to be related to this condition.
Affected vehicles include certain 2013-2015 Lincoln MKT limo and hearse vehicles built at Oakville Assembly, March 6, 2012 to March 4, 2015.
There are 1,586 vehicles in the United States and 139 in Canada.
Dealers will replace the vacuum pump relay and associated wiring at no cost to the customer.
Ford issues safety recall for certain 2011-2013 Ford F-Series Super Duty ambulance vehicles and 2014-2015 Ford F-Series Super Duty ambulance and emergency vehicles with 6.7-liter diesel engines in North America for exhaust gas temperature sensor issue
Ford is issuing a safety recall for approximately 6,500 2011-2013 Ford F-Series Super Duty ambulance vehicles and 2014-2015 Ford F-Series Super Duty ambulance and emergency vehicles equipped with 6.7-liter diesel engines in North America (actual 6,472). The exhaust gas temperature sensors may not function properly, causing the vehicle to incorrectly identify a high temperature condition.
Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries attributed to this condition, and that includes patients riding in the ambulance vehicles. The company is taking this action because of the unique nature of ambulance and emergency vehicles.
Affected vehicles were built at Kentucky Truck Plant, Feb. 22, 2010 to Feb. 1, 2015.
There are 6,322 vehicles in the United States, 96 in Canada and 54 in Mexico.
Dealers will update the software on affected vehicles at no cost to the customer.