Ford Recalls 450,426 Minivans and SUVs

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
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New Escape SUVs roll off the line at Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Mo, in August. Ford announced Monday it made nearly $1 billion in the third quarter.

The Associated Press
New Escape SUVs roll off the line at Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Mo, in August. Ford announced Monday it made nearly $1 billion in the third quarter.

Ford says it's recalling nearly half a million minivans and SUVs because of a pair of mechanical issues.

The Dearborn, Mich. -based 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 a loss of power.

Ford Motor Co. is also recalling 244,530 Escape SUVs made during the 2001 and 2002 model years, because of a leaky brake fluid cap.

If the fluid leaks, it could 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.


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