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Ford announces four recalls covering 576000 vehicles in US

first_img More From Roadshow Enlarge ImageYes, even some shiny-new cars have already been recalled. Emme Hall/Roadshow On Friday, Ford issued four new recalls that cover 10 nameplates in total across the US and Canada. In the US, 576,595 vehicles are affected by one of three recalls, while the fourth is exclusive to Canadian cars.Missing seat restraintsThe first recall is for a lack of seat restraints and covers 483,325 vehicles in the US and another 58,712 in Canada. Per Ford’s announcement, the 2018-2020 F-150, 2019-2020 F-Series Super Duty, 2018-2019 Explorer and 2019-2020 Expedition are affected. Specifically, models with a manual driver or front passenger seatback recliner mechanism may house the defect. The new 2020 Explorer and Lincoln Aviator are also part of this recall, but only models with rear outboard seats that feature manual recliners are included.The problem? The vehicles might not have a third pawl to produce the required amount of seatback strength. In the event of a crash, a weak seatback may not restrain a passenger properly and increases the risk of injury. Affected models were produced as early as September 2018 and as late as Aug. 2 of this year. Owners will need to take their vehicles to a dealership where a technician will inspect the seatback assemblies, though Ford said they most likely will not need repairs. If a vehicle does, the dealer will install a new seat structure that meets guidelines for strength and integrity at no charge.Loss of power steering in cold-weather statesFord’s second recall covers vehicles in states and Canadian provinces with “high-corrosion conditions.” Read: lots of snow and plenty of road salt. Due to improper wax coating, corrosion may affect the steering gear motor’s bolts and lead to the loss of power steering. If it’s bad enough, the motor may become loose and detach from the housing. This recall affects the 2013-2016 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ, 2015-2016 Ford Edge and the 2015 Lincoln MKX.The sudden loss of power steering would require more steering effort, especially when cruising at lower speeds, and can increase the risk of a crash. Ford plans to replace the steering gear motor bolts and apply a new wax sealant to fend off corrosion. If bolts are already broken or missing, the vehicle will receive a new steering gear altogether at no charge to the owner.Overheating brake padsThe third recall is exclusive to the 2019 Ford Fiesta and involves brake caliper seal contamination. Per the automaker, the subcompact car may have been exposed to incorrectly labeled fluids during production. The exposure could produce a brake caliper leak, which in turn, may reduce brake functions and cause pads to overheat. Both cases increase the risk of a crash.Only 2,624 cars are involved in this recall, and Ford said just 50 of them have been delivered to customers. The rest are still sitting at dealerships and will be fixed prior to sale. The fix will see technicians flush the current brake fluid and replace brake calipers free of charge.Corroded battery junction boxesThe final recall is exclusive to Canada and covers 2012-2013 Ford Fiesta models. In total, 13,564 cars may have corroding battery junction boxes in certain provinces. Relay or fuse corrosion may lead to the loss of low-beam headlights while driving and daytime running lights may not work. Ford plans to have technicians clean the junction boxes, replace any corroded fuses, terminals and relays and finally install foam sealing to the cover to better protect the component. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring hits the road with plug-in power 27 Photos Recalls Lincoln Ford 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Preview • 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid first drive: A new kind of Explorer News • 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid sips its way to EPA-estimated 28 mpg combined More about 2020 Ford Explorer Base FWD The 2020 Lincoln Aviator takes flight with plug-in hybrid…center_img SUVs Car Industry 2019 Chevy Malibu review: Swing and a miss Now playing: Watch this: 5:29 Share your voice Tags 0 Post a comment Lincoln Fordlast_img read more

Thailand urged to help Rohingyas avert new wave of boatpeople

first_imgRohingyaThailand faced mounting calls on Thursday to stop pushing migrants back out to sea amid fears an exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar could spark a new wave of boatpeople.Fighting in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state has forced about half a million Rohingya to seek refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh since August, prompting concerns they could be targeted by people smugglers and human traffickers.Rohingya Muslims, who are denied citizenship in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, have been fleeing strife for decades.Neighbouring Thailand was a popular transit route by boat and land until a 2015 Thai police crackdown led to ships full of migrants being abandoned at sea.“Thailand urgently needs to set a regional example by adopting humane refugee policies,” said Audrey Gaughran from Amnesty International as the group released a report accusing Thai authorities of failing to protect refugees.“Instead of callously repelling people fleeing unimaginable horrors, the Thai government should ensure safe passage for those seeking international protection in Thailand,” said the global issues director.Campaigners say the Rohingya are likely to start travelling after the monsoon in late November when the water is calmer.Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said last month his government is “preparing to receive” people fleeing Myanmar and send them back “when they are ready”.But the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC), a military unit dealing with national security, recently told local media it would continue to prevent refugees from entering Thailand. The ISOC did not reply to a request for comment.In an open letter this week, campaign group Fortify Rights urged Thailand to abandon its “push back” policy.“Thailand’s leaders should be doing all they can to stem the violence in Myanmar and prepare to provide protection to refugees fleeing the attacks,” executive director Amy Smith said.Thailand does not recognise the status of any refugees or recognise the Rohingya as legitimate migrant workers.last_img read more