Ford recalls 74,000 older Escape, Mercury Mariner hybrids

Ford Motor Co. is recalling about 74,000 older-model Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner crossover vehicles because the electronic hybrid system may overheat, according to a filing with U.S. regulators on Friday.

Escapes from model years 2005-08 and Mariners from 2006-08 are affected by the recall. Ford said it was not aware of any crashes or injuries related to the issue.

Ford told regulators from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that a coolant pump may malfunction, which can cause the hybrid electronics systems to overheat and possibly lead to more serious problems.

"When the hybrid electronics system gets too hot it will shut down the powertrain, resulting in a stall-like condition, increasing the risk of a crash," according to Ford's filing with NHTSA.

About 3,500 of the affected vehicles were sold in Canada, and most of the rest in the U.S. In North America, about 66,000 Escape hybrids and about 7,800 Mariner hybrids are included in the recall.

Ford also said Friday it was recalling nearly 400 Ford Focus sedans from the 2014 model year and Lincoln MKC crossovers from the 2015 model year for potential problems with a fuel delivery module filter.

No accidents or injuries have been reported in connection with the issue, Ford said

And Ford said on Friday it was recalling about 1,700 of its biggest pickup trucks, the Ford F-650 and F-750 with diesel engines from the 2014 model year because of possible problems with seals on fuel filters. The vehicles were sold in the U.S. and Canada.

Ford said it knew of no injuries or crashes linked to the issue on the big trucks. Reuters

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