WASHINGTON - Ford is recalling 280,946 trucks in the United States F-150 pickup models 2009 and 2010 for a defect in the inside door handle which may cause the opening during an accident.
No reports of accidents
The National Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported on its website that Ford was committed to strengthen the structure of the handle and will replace the entire module to solve the problem affecting trucks manufactured between January 2008 and November 2009. Ford also said that, up to January 21, they had not received any kind of reports, accidents or injuries related to the defect. Ford also said that they will call to review about 68,000 F-150 trucks in Canada affected for the same problem.
Last week, Ford called for repair 400,000 Windstar minivans in the states where the weather is colder to repair several supports that could detach from the chassis and cause that the driver lose the control of the vehicle.
This fact which reflects the most recent quality downfall in the old Windstar, included 425,288 model ranging from 1999 up to 2003 which were sold or registered in 22 states and especially, in the District of Columbia.
What Ford Said
Ford said that has occurred seven collisions and five minor injuries in relation to this defect.
Since August, Ford has requested that more than 600,000 minivans go to the workshop in the U.S. and Canada, to repair a problem with the rear axles that may corrode and break them.
The NHTSA has also investigated the corrosion problems in vans whose models range from 1999 to 2003. The Department of Transportation reported that those trucks are under agency review.
The new application involves the brackets attached to the front of the chassis, where the engine, the transverse axis, the steering and front suspension are placed. The NHTSA said that, if the supports are separated from the structure, drivers could lose some control of the wheel.
NHTSA and Ford also reported that they also opened an investigation into the occurrence of fractures in the screws of the wheels of the Ford Fusion 2010, after receiving four complaints.
In all four cases, problems occurred in vehicles with mileage between 5,000 and 11,000 miles on wheels that were never repaired prior to the incidents.
Wheels of the Ford Fusion are attached to the vehicle by five screws, and NHTSA said that the fracture of the screws may cause the separation of the affected tire and cause loss control of the vehicle.
The investigation will cover up to 280,000 Fusions manufactured in 2010 and will seek to establish if it is a defect of the design or manufacturing of the part.