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Ford recalling 450,426 minivans and SUVs

A 2001 model Ford Escape SUV is shown in this undated file photo. (Ford Motor Company)

January 11, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Ford is recalling nearly half a million minivans and SUVS due to multiple mechanical issues.

The automaker is recalling 205,896 Freestar and Mercury Monterey minivans made during the 2004 and 2005 model years because their torque converter output shaft may fail and cause power loss.

Ford is also recalling 244,530 Escape SUVs made during the 2001 and 2002 model years because of a leaky brake fluid cap. A leak in brake fluid can corrode electrical connectors and lead to a fire.

Ford says it will inform owners and replace the parts for free.

In the case of the Escape, Ford says there could be a parts delay. If so, owners should park their cars outside until the parts become available.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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