Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) has issued a recall today. Ford recalled over 750,000 Escapes and C-Max vehicles in North America in two separate issues.
About 692,500 Ford Escapes from model years 2013 and 2014 were recalled because of a software problem that delays the deployment of side airbags when the vehicle rolls over. Around 65,000 C-Max crossover vehicles from the same model years were recalled due to malfunctioning door handles. The exterior door handles would get stuck in the open position and become tough to close or would even open while driving. In this instance, an indicator light will display on the dashboard and warning chimes would turn on. No C-Max vehicles are recalled for the door issue.
Owners of these vehicles can take their vehicles to the dealer, who will reprogram the software and inspect door handles. The door handles would be fixed if necessary. No injuries or accidents have been connected to either issue.
Chrysler Group also announced a recall today of 780,000 minivans where third-row power windows can overheat. The problem could happen if the window switch is exposed to moisture. This recall affects 2010-2014 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans. Chrysler is unaware of any related injuries or accidents.
General Motors, another Ford rival, recalled 2.6 million vehicles this year for a faulty ignition switch. This issue is tied to 13 deaths and has led to several investigations and lawsuits. Perhaps GM’s recall is causing other automakers to become overly cautious.