The Restraint Control Module (RCM) is the "brains" behind the airbag system. Portions of the module are coated to help prevent moisture intrusion. The coating can crack and when exposed to humidity the printed circuit board may short circuit. This could cause one or more of the airbag system components not to function as expected in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of personal injury. Replacement parts are currently not available, a second notification letter will be sent when they are and dealers will perform the necessary repairs.
Ford Escape Recalls
The coolant pump for the hybrid system may fail, resulting in the hybrid system shutting down, and the vehicle losing power. Dealers will inspect and replace the original motor electronics coolant pump free of charge to correct the concern.
The engine may hesitate while driving and can stall due to a wiring issue to the manifold absolute pressure (MAP) sensor in the engine management system. Dealers will replace the wiring splices in question free of charge to correct the problem.
Due to a software issue that affects operation of the torque sensor, the electric power steering may stop functioning. This would make it difficult to steer the vehicle. Dealers will reprogram the power steering control module and instrument cluster module free of charge to resolve the concern. Dealers will also replace affected electric steering components as necessary upon inspection free of charge.
Programming errors in the software for the restraint control module (RCM) can result in delayed deployment of the side-curtain airbag. Delayed deployment in certain rollover circumstances would increase the rick of personal injury. Dealers will reprogram the RCM to correct this concern.
The outside door handles may be misaligned, which can result in doors being difficult to close or doors opening while driving. Dealers will inspect and correct the mounting of the door handles as necessary free of charge to resolve the concern.
The recliner mechanism for one or both front seats may have been improperly welded to the seat frame. As a result, the seatback may become loose or lean, increasing the risk of injury in the event of certain types of crashes. Dealers will replace the affected seatbacks to correct this concern.
The front suspension lower control arm may corrode at its forward attachment, and may separate from the vehicle. Dealers will install a newly designed reinforcement cross-brace free of charge to resolve the concern.
1.6L engines can develop a localized overheating condition that can result in a cracked cylinder head and engine oil leak. Leaking engine oil may contact a hot surface increasing the risk of an under hood fire. Dealers will modify the engine shielding, cooling and control systems to correct this concern. For some vehicles, this recall is in addition to a previous recall, they will need to be reinspected and have the new remedy completed.
Vehicles with a 1.6L engine previously recalled for a fuel line concern (NHTSA #12V-336) are being recalled again because the fuel line replaced previously may have been installed incorrectly. A fuel leak can develop, increasing the risk of a fire. Dealers will inspect the suspect fuel line and replace it as necessary to correct this concern.