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Ford recalls nearly 435,000 vehicles

April 7, 2014 2:25:16 PM PDT
Ford is recalling nearly 435,000 cars and SUVs for rusting frame parts or faulty seats.

Nearly 386,000 Ford Escapes from the 2001 to 2004 model can rust, which may cause a control arm to separate and impede steering control.

Ford is also recalling 49,000 Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ, Ford Escape and C-MAX vehicles from 2013 and 2014. Some seat back frames were not welded properly.

The Ford Escapes were built from Oct. 22, 1999 through Dec. 19, 2003 at the Kansas City Assembly plant, and from May 1, 2003 through Jan. 23, 2004 at the Ohio Assembly plant, Ford said in a statement issued Monday.

They were originally sold or registered in Connecticut, Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, Delaware, Maine, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Vermont, Indiana, Michigan, New York, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. Also covered are Escapes sold or registered in Ontario, Quebec, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland & Labrador.

Ford knows of one crash with no injuries related to the problem. Dealers will install a reinforcement brace to fix the issue.

The second recall has no crashes or injuries reported linked to the issue, Ford said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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