Ford says it will spend $295 million on two new recalls

Engines can overheat when coolants don't circulate properly, resulting in a crack in the cylinder head that allows oil to leak onto hot engine surfaces, the Dearborn-based automaker said. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in 2015 it had 1,102 reports related to the problem and Ford said it had 10,883 warranty claims related to door latch failures.

Ford has reported 29 fires related to the problem, but no injuries, The Associated Press reported.

In Europe, the recall includes the 2010 through 2015 C-Max hybrid and Focus small auto, as well as the 2013 through 2015 Transit Connect van. This is the fifth such recall, involving some 400,000 Escape vehicles in the United States, since the compact SUV made its debut for 2013. It will mail customers instructions on how to check and refill coolant. A total of 208,584 cars are affected in the United States.

Ford is recalling more than 440,000 vehicles in North America to fix problems that can cause engine fires and doors to open unexpectedly. Dealers also will check coolant levels for owners. Ford recalled the 2013 Escape two more times for fuel lines on the 1.6-liter engine that could split and leak gasoline. A "pawl", or catch, in the door latch can break and either stop doors from closing or cause them to open while cars are moving.

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Ford also has a recall for a limited number of 2017 Ford F-450 and F-550 trucks to replace the drive shaft.

Such a scenario increases the risk of crashes and injuries, Ford said.

There are approximately 548 vehicles located in North America, including 509 in the United States and 39 in Canada. Dealers will swap out the two-piece driveshaft with a new three-piece driveshaft and install two center bearing brackets.

Ford is issuing a safety compliance recall for approximately 111 2017 Ford Edge vehicles for missing windshield header welds. Continued operation of a vehicle at these speeds could result in a resonance frequency that may fracture transmission and/or driveline components, Ford said.

  • Desiree Holland