The Ford Motor Company announced yesterday it is making a massive recall of Ford Freestar, Mercury Monterey and Ford Escape models.
America’s No. 2 automaker is recalling at least 450,000, and possibly as many as 539,000, minivans and SUVs.
The most troubling aspect of the needed, precautionary repairs is that they are long overdue. The Escapes being recalled are 2001 and 2002 models. That means the SUVs may have been on the road for more than 10 years with a potential defect.
The Escapes are being recalled because of a flaw in the antilock brake system. It is possible the 2001-2002 Escapes could leak brake fluid from the brake master cylinder reservoir cap. The leaking fluid could then corrode electrical elements in the braking system and possibly lead to a fire.
Ford had a similar recall in 2007 but says all the vehicles may not have been fully inspected and fixed. However, there have been no reported injuries attributed to this issue.
Escape owners may still have longer to wait for repair on the issue. The factory that made the defective part from 1999 to 2002 is now closed. There could be parts shortages that will keep people from getting the necessary repairs immediately.
The 2004 and 2005 models of the Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey are also being recalled by the Ford Motor Company. The minivans have been found to potentially have a defective torque converter. If the torque converter were to fail, the vehicle would have a sudden loss of power.
While the vehicle would still have steering and stopping ability because the engine continues to run, a malfunction of the torque converter increases the risk of an accident.