Ford (NYSE:F) on Wednesday announced the worldwide recall of more than half a million minivans and SUVs over potentially hazardous defects.
Ford has recalled about 286,000 of its 2001- and 2002-model Escape SUVs to fix the caps on the brake master cylinder reservoirs. The company said some vehicles� caps might be leaking break fluid, which could lead to corrosion that might cause a fire.
Ford also has recalled about 253,000 Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey minivans from the 2004 and 2005 model years to fix their powertrains� torque converter output shafts. The shafts are susceptible to failure, which would cause sudden loss of power.
Ford spokesman Dan Pierce said two minor Freestar/Monterey-related accidents have allegedly occurred in the past eight years.
Ford recalled 3.3 million vehicles in 2011, the third-most among automakers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Honda (NYSE:HMC) recalled the most, at 3.9 million vehicles, and Toyota (NYSE:TM) recalled 3.5 million. General Motors (NYSE:GM) only recalled 500,000.
F stock was up less than half a percent before the bell Thursday.
– Kyle Woodley, IP.com Assistant Editor