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Ford recalls 440,000 vehicles for fire risk, door latch trouble

Ford is recalling more than 440,000 vehicles in North America including more than 20,000 in Canada to fix problems that can cause engine fires and doors to open unexpectedly.

Ford is recalling more than 440,000 vehicles in North America including more than 20,000 in Canada to fix problems that can cause engine fires and doors to open unexpectedly.

The first recall covers over 230,000 Escape SUVs, Fiesta ST subcompacts, Fusion midsize cars and Transit Connect vans with 1.6-litre turbocharged engines from 2013 through 2015. 

21,854 of the affected vehicles are in Canada, Ford told CBC News Wednesday, breaking down as follows:

  • 528 - 2014 Fiesta ST
  • 6,005 - 2013 Fusion
  • 110 - 2014 Fusion
  • 15,074 - 2014 Escape
  • 134 - 2014 Transit Connect
  • 3 - 2015 Transit Connect

The company says engines can overheat, causing the cylinder head to crack and leak oil that can catch fire. Ford has 29 reports of fires, but no injuries.

Owners can keep driving the vehicles but should go to a dealer if the cars overheat or frequently need coolant.

The company also is adding 211,000 vehicles to a previous recall to replace faulty door latches. That recall covers the 2014 Fiesta and the 2013 and 2014 Fusion and Lincoln MKZ.

With files from CBC News

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