Ford Recalls 88K Vehicles Over Stalling Issue

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There are few things worse than having your relatively new car stall on you without warning. That’s why Ford is recalling nearly 90,000 vehicles with a defect that could leave your car dead — and unable to restart — in the middle of the road.

Ford announced Wednesday that it will recall 88,151 vehicles — 77,502 in the United States, 7,353 in Canada, and 1,083 in Mexico — to replace fuel pump control modules.

The recall, which has not yet been posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, covers model year 2013 to 2015 Ford Taurus, Ford Flex, Lincoln MKS, Lincoln MKT, and Ford Police Interceptor sedans equipped with 3.5-liter gasoline turbocharged direct injection engines.

According to Ford, the fuel pump control module in the vehicles can fail, causing the engine to not start or to stall.

In some cases, the engine could stall without warning while driving and without the ability to restart, increasing the risk of a crash, Ford says, noting that it is unaware of any accidents or injuries related to the issue.

Dealers will inspect and replace the fuel pump control module as needed at no cost to the customer.

In a separate, similar, recall Ford said on Wednesday that it will call back 2,472 model year 2015 to 2016 Ford Transit 3.2-liter diesel-equipped vehicles over fuel pump issues.

According to the recall, the fuel injection pump in the vehicles can malfunction, causing the engine to not start or stall without warning while driving and without the ability to restart, increasing the risk of a crash.

Dealers will inspect the fuel system for metallic contamination and make needed repairs.

Ford also said on Wednesday that it will push out a power window software update to about 23,000 2017 Escape SUVs.

In the affected vehicles, the power window system configuration may exceed the regulatory requirement for remote actuation closing force, increasing the risk of injury, the company said.