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Ford said Wednesday that it would repair defects in more than 441,000 vehicles in North America through separate recalls, including certain versions of the popular Escape sport-utility vehicle and Fusion sedan.
The repairs include a new recall to prevent engine fires and expansion of an ongoing campaign to fix doors that could swing open while the vehicle is in motion.
Taken together, the two new recalls will cost Ford about $295 million, spokeswoman Elizabeth Weigandt said in an email.
The automaker said it would recall 230,756 vehicles with 1.6-liter GTDI engines that can overheat due to a lack of coolant circulation that can crack the cylinder head, causing a pressurized oil leak.
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The defect has been linked with at least 29 reports of fires in the U.S. and Canada and no injuries, Ford said.
The company will recall certain versions of the 2014 Escape, which were made at the Louisville Assembly Plant during part of 2013 and 2014, as well as the 2015 Ford Fiesta ST, 2013 and 2014 Ford Fusion and 2013 and 2015 Ford Transit Connect.
Separately, the expanded recall covers 210,619 vehicles to fix a tab in the side door latch that could break, potentially causing the door to swing open while driving. Ford said it had not recorded any crashes or injuries connected to the defect.
The additional units covered by the door latch recall are certain versions of the 2014 Fiesta, 2013 and 2014 Fusion and 2013 and 2014 Lincoln MKZ.
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