Improper heat treatment of the wheel bearing and hub assembly may allow the hub to fracture. If the hub fractures, the wheel will only be retained by the brake caliper assembly. If the wheel falls off while driving, a crash could result. Dealers will inspect and replace both front wheel bearing and hub assemblies free of charge. The recall began June 22, 2007. The Ford recall number is 07S54.
The windshield may not be properly installed, which may cause wind noise, squeaks/rattles, and/or water leaks. If the windshield comes loose in a crash, vehicle occupants may be less protected. Dealers will replace the windshield free of charge. The recall began November 22, 2006. The Ford recall number is 06C15.
The side door latches may freeze in cold weather due to water intrusion. As a result, the door may not latch when closed, and could open while the vehicle is moving. Dealers will install a shield over the front door latches and seal a drain hole in the rear window molding on the Freestyle rear side doors. Grease will also be applied to all the latch mechanisms free of charge. The recall began November 8, 2006. The Ford recall number is 06S45.
Inadequate head protection may be an issue at the left a-pillar (windshield) trim area. In the event of a crash, personal injury to vehicle occupants may occur. Dealers will make modifications to the energy absorbing material located above the headliner in the affected area. This recall is scheduled to begin on May 19, 2006. The Ford recall number is 06C12.
The power liftgate motor disengages automatically after the liftgate is powered open, and the liftgate may fall unexpectedly if the liftgate strut fails. If the liftgate falls freely, anyone standing under it may be injured. Dealers will reprogram the power liftgate module to reduce the chances of the liftgate free falling. The recall began March 15, 2006. The Ford recall number is 06S42.
The straps securing the fuel tank to the vehicle may break, allowing the fuel tank and heat shield to drop onto either the driveshaft or exhaust, depending on the model. If this happens, drivers may hear a noise or notice a fuel leak. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire. Dealers will replace both fuel tank straps. The recall began December 1, 2005. The Ford recall number is 05S37.
Ford recalls 2006 E150, E250, E350 Escape, Expedition, F150, Ranger, Taurus, Lincoln Navigator, Mercury Mariner, and Mercury Mountaineer due to a possible lack of lubricant on the wiper motor output shaft gear. Eventually, loss of wiper function will result. Dealers will grease the wiper motor gears as necessary.
The battery cable includes a fusible link that may contact the #2 cross member. Over time, this contact could damage the fusible link. The damaged link could overheat and lead to a fire. Dealers will inspect the fusible link and position it away from the cross member. A damaged fusible link will be replaced. This recall is expected to begin on November 18, 2005. The Ford recall number is 05S38.