Ford is announcing two new recalls that cover a total of 203,494 vehicles in North America. By far the larger of the campaigns is a recall for 203,445 examples of the 2014-2015 Escape and Transit Connect in North America. Specifically, there are 182,520 units recalled in the US, 18,226 in Canada, and 2,699 in Mexico. For these models, the instrument cluster, warning messages, lights, and chimes might not work at startup. This problem puts the vehicles out of compliance with the federal motor vehicle code, and the fix is a software update.

The other recall is minuscule and only affects 49 units of the 2015 Transit that are owned by a single fleet customer. The company's vans have a specially ordered front passenger seatbelt, but the parts aren't labeled correctly under the federal code. Everything works properly, though, according to Ford. The fix is simply a new decal with the required info. No accidents or injuries are known to be related to either of these two recalls.

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FORD ISSUES TWO SAFETY COMPLIANCE RECALLS IN NORTH AMERICA

DEARBORN, Mich., June 24, 2015 – Ford is issuing two safety compliance recalls in North America. There are no accidents or injuries attributed to these conditions. Details are as follows:

Ford issues safety compliance recall for certain 2014-2015 Transit Connect and Escape vehicles for instrument panel issue

Ford Motor Company is issuing a safety compliance recall for approximately 203,500 2014-2015 Transit Connect and Escape vehicles in North America for an issue with the instrument panel cluster. When starting the vehicle, the instrument cluster, warning chimes, messages and warning lights may not work, which is a compliance issue with FMVSS 101 and other applicable FMVSS requirements. If these displays don't work as intended, it could increase the risk of a crash.

Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with this issue.

Affected vehicles include certain 2014-2015 Transit Connect vehicles built at Valencia Assembly Plant in Spain, May 13, 2014 to Dec. 10, 2014 and certain 2014-2015 Escape vehicles built at Louisville Assembly Plant, May 19, 2014 to Feb. 6, 2015.

There are 203,445 vehicles in North America, including 182,520 in the United States and federalized territories, 18,226 in Canada and 2,699 in Mexico.

Dealers will update the instrument panel cluster software at no cost to the customer.

Ford issues safety compliance recall in United States for one fleet customer's 2015 Transit vehicles for seat belt labeling issue

Ford Motor Company is issuing a safety compliance recall for one fleet customer's 49 2015-model Transit vehicles in the United States for a seat belt labeling issue. These vehicles have a special-order front passenger seat belt that works properly, but was mislabeled by the supplier and does not contain information required by FMVSS 209 regarding seat belts.

Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this condition.

Affected vehicles include certain 2015 Transit vehicles built for one fleet customer at Kansas City Assembly Plant, March 1, 2015 to April 10, 2015.

A representative selected by Ford will install a new label on the seat belt anchor that includes the required information.

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