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Ford recalls 2020 Escape, Transit Connect to fix defects

Phoebe Wall Howard
Detroit Free Press

Ford Motor Co. warned that certain 2019-2020 Ford Transit Connect vans have an engine flaw that could create a fire risk while certain 2020 Ford Escape SUVs have tire pressure monitoring flaws that could lead to loss of control.

Both vehicles are the subject of new recalls. The company said it is unaware of any accident or injury related to these situations. 

Certain Transit Connect vans with 2.5-liter engines have a software calibration issue that fails to keep the engines adequately cooled. When the engine temperature exceeds "critical limits," it may damage the engines and increase the fire risk.

The recall involves 3,487 vans in the U.S., its territories and Canada. They were built at the Valencia Assembly Plant in Spain from Aug. 2, 2018, to July 30, 2020. Dealers need to update the power train control module.

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2020 Ford Escape

A failing tire pressure monitoring system in the 2020 Ford Escape may not warn drivers of low pressure in rear tires, which could affect vehicle control and increase crash risk.

The recall affects 708 vehicles in the U.S. and Canada, all built at the Louisville Assembly Plant from June 26 to Aug. 14, 2020. Dealers need to replace the body control module. 

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