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Ford, Subaru issue recalls

Ford, Subaru issue recalls

RECALLED:Ford and Subaru both issued recalls on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

DETROIT (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co said on Tuesday it is recalling 100,610 vehicles in North America in six separate actions.

About 92,000 of the vehicles have a potential problem with front axles that run to right wheels and may have not been properly installed during assembly. That may cause the axle to move outward over time and eventually become disengaged.

There have been no injuries, crashes or deaths related to this issue or any of the six issues in the half dozen recalls, a Ford spokeswoman said.

The front right axle issue is a potential hazard in 2013-2014 Ford Taurus, Flex, and Interceptor models, as well as Lincoln MKS and MKT models, and 2012-2014 Ford Edge and 2014 Lincoln MKX models.

About 83,000 of the recalled vehicles are in the United States and federalized territories, along with about 8,200 in Canada and 600 in Mexico, Ford said.

The next-largest recall among the six announced on Tuesday covers about 5,264 model year 2011-2014 Ford F59 Commercial Stripped Chassis vehicles in which the electrical system may short-circuit and possibly lead to a fire. No fires have been reported, Ford said.

Also recalled were about 2,100 model year 2014 Ford Escape crossover vehicles that may have panorama roof glass that was not glued properly during assembly.

The other recalls involved 368 Transit Connect vehicles from the 2014 model year in Puerto Rico for a fluid reservoir cap issue, about 200 Ford Fiesta sedans from the 2014 model year that may have leaking fuel tanks and about 600 Ford F52 Motorhome Stripped Chassis and F59 Commercial Stripped Chassis vehicles that have a potential issue with the brakes.

SUBARU RECALLS VEHICLES WITH FAULTY AIRBAGS

Subaru of America is recalling 8,557 older model cars in the United States equipped with potentially defective air bag inflators made by Japan’s Takata Corp, the automaker and U.S. safety regulators said on Tuesday.

Subaru joins seven automakers that last month recalled vehicles in some high-humidity regions at the request of the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

While there is no official estimate of the number of vehicles that may be affected by the Takata air bag issue, U.S. safety regulators have estimated they could number more than 1 million.

Subaru did not limit it recall to mainly southern U.S. states, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as most of the other automakers did. Subaru cars affected are the 2003 and 2004 Legacy, Outback and Baja models as well as 2004 Impreza.

A Subaru spokesman said the company, a unit of Fuji Heavy Industries, was not aware of any crashes, injuries or deaths related to the recall issue.

Last week, Honda Motor Co. expanded its recall of vehicles with Takata air bag inflators to include California.

A ninth automaker may be impacted by the Takata air bag inflator issue. In late June, Mitsubishi Motors Corp. was mentioned along with Subaru as a possible candidate for the recall that NHTSA initially said had affected seven automakers.

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