Ford Motor Co. said it will take a $295 million hit to its first-quarter earnings from two recalls in North America, one involving engines that could catch fire and the other involving a persistent door latch problem.
The recalls include 211,000 vehicles in North America to replace potentially faulty side door latches and 230,000 vehicles for under-hood fire risks.
Affected models, all equipped with a 1.6-liter GTDI engine, include the 2014 Escape, the 2014-15 Fiesta St, 2013-14 Fusion and 2013-15 Transit Connect.
Ford plans to mail customers instructions from the owner's manual on how to check and refill coolant. If an engine overheats, it may crack a cylinder head, which can leak pressurized oil.
Ford has reported 29 fires related to the problem, but no injuries, The Associated Press reported.
Owners of the impacted vehicles will receive reminders from Ford on how to properly maintain coolant levels. Customers can drive their vehicles, but should go to a dealer if there are issues with its coolant.
Ford said dealers will replace all four side door latches. A door latch with a fractured pawl spring tab typically results in a "door will not close" condition.
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Certain 2017 F-450 and F-550 trucks need new driveshafts due to a "resonance frequency that may fracture transmission and/or driveline components".
Driving a vehicle that is on fire or that has doors popping open is impressive, but not recommended.
Affected vehicles may experience driveline vibration caused by a powertrain system resonance condition at speeds above 75 miles per hour. It affects only 548 vehicles.
Ford said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with this issue in the vehicles included in this supplement to safety action 15S16.
In October, NHTSA opened a preliminary investigation into 440,000 Ford 2011-2013 Edge SUVs over door latch warning light issues. The Ford reference number for this recall is 17S08.
2014 Fiesta built at the Cuautitlan Assembly Plant between June 1 and October 31, 2013.