Ford expands recall related to issue in torque converters
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Ford Motor Co. announced the expansion of a recall related to select 2017-18 Ford Edge, 2017-18 Ford Fusion and 2017 Lincoln MKZ vehicles equipped with a 2.0-liter gas engine and 6F35 transmissions to replace torque converters with inadequately welded studs.
In the affected vehicles, if the improperly welded studs detach, the torque converter will lose coupling to the engine flexplate, which can result in loss of motive power without warning while driving, which may increase the risk of a crash.
The power steering, power brakes, electrical function and vehicle restraint systems will still continue to operate, and the transmission park function will not be affected. Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with this issue.
Affected vehicles include:
2017 Ford Edge vehicles built at Oakville Assembly Plant between April 25, 2017 and July 28, 2017
2018 Ford Edge vehicles built at Oakville Assembly Plant between Oct. 10, 2017 and March 8, 2018
2017 Ford Fusion vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant between May. 4, 2017 and June 15, 2017
2018 Ford Fusion vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant on Aug. 24, 2017
2017 Lincoln MKZ vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant between May. 4, 2017 and Aug. 24, 2017
The recall now involves approximately 6,063 vehicles in North America, including 5,352 in the United States and federalized territories, 699 in Canada and 12 in Mexico.
Dealers will replace the torque converters at no cost to the customer.