Ford issues safety recalls for engine-cooling, tire pressure systems on select Transit Connect, Escape vehicles

The recall impacts the Escape and Transit Connect vehicles

Ford Motor Company has issued two safety recalls Monday on select Transit Connect and Escape vehicles in the United States and Canada.

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The first recall impacts 2019 and 2020 models of the Ford Transit Connect equipped with a 2.5 liter engine. The vehicle is popular with small businesses that don't need a pickup truck or full-sized van, but needs more than a car.

The 2019 Ford Transit Connect (Photo courtesy of Ford)

According to the automaker, the Transit Connect's software calibration for its engine failsafe cooling strategy contains higher than intended temperature threshold values.

"In the event of elevated engine temperatures due to coolant loss, there will be a delay in vehicles invoking the failsafe cooling strategy, resulting in engine temperatures exceeding critical limits," the company said. "Under severe cases, running the engine at temperatures above critical limits for prolonged periods of time could result in engine damage and increase the risk of fire."

Approximately 2,903 vehicles in the U.S. and federal territories and 584 vehicles in Canada are affected. The recalled vehicles were built at Valencia Assembly Plant between Aug. 2, 2018, and July 30, 2020.

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The second recall impacts 2020 models of the Ford Escape.

The 2020 Ford Escape (Photo courtesy of Ford)

Ford said the tire pressure monitoring system in affected vehicles may "function in a reduce capacity" and "intermittently fail to adequately warn a driver of low air pressure in the rear tires", leading to poor vehicle handling and control and increasing the risk of a potential crash.

Roughly 689 vehicles in the U.S. and 19 vehicles in Canada are affected. The recalled vehicles were built at Louisville Assembly Plant between June 26 and Aug. 14, 2020.

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The company noted it is unaware of any reports of accident, injury, or fire-related to the issues.

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Customers who own the affected vehicles should bring their car to their local dealer for maintenance immediately. Dealers will update the Ford Transit Connect's powertrain module and replace the Ford Escape's body control module.

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