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Η Ford ανακοίνωσε πως ανακαλεί 285.771 αυτοκίνητά της σε πέντε διαφορετικές ανακλήσεις. Τα 201.900 είναι F-150, Mustang, Expedition και Lincoln Navigator, παραγωγής 2011-2012 στα οποία ένα πρόβλημα στον αισθητήρα ταχύτητας θα μπορούσε να κάνει το αυτόματο κιβώτιο να κατεβάσει σε πρώτη σχέση. Η Ford γνωρίζει τρία ατυχήματα που σχετίζονται με το συγκεκριμένο πρόβλημα, αλλά από αυτά δεν έχει προκύψει κάποιος τραυματισμός.

Η δεύτερη ανάκληση αφορά 81.036 Explorer και περιπολικά “Police Interceptor Utility” παραγωγής 2014-2015, στα οποία ίσως να μην έχουν συγκολληθεί καλά τα στοιχεία της πίσω ανάρτησης. Έτσι υπάρχει κίνδυνος να σπάσουν οι συνδέσεις κάτι που θα μπορούσε να προκαλέσει μέχρι και απώλεια ελέγχου του οχήματος. Η Ford αναφέρει πως έχει υπάρξει ένα ατύχημα που επηρεάζεται από αυτό το πρόβλημα, με έναν άνθρωπο να τραυματίζεται.

Η τρίτη ανάκληση αφορά 2.596 F-Series Super Duty παραγωγής μεταξύ 5-10 Απριλίου 2016 στα οποία ίσως έχουν τοποθετηθεί προβληματικά ελαστικά, με την τέταρτη ανάκληση να αφορά 40 Fusion παραγωγής 2016 στα οποία το στήριγμα του καθίσματος του οδηγού μπορεί να μην έχει συγκολληθεί σωστά στις ράγες του καθίσματος. Τέλος η Ford ανακαλεί 199 Flex, Taurus, Lincoln MKS και Mercury Sable στα οποία πρέπει να αντικατασταθεί ο αερόσακος οδηγού.

Στις σχετικές ειδήσεις η Ford ανακοίνωσε πως θα επενδύσει 1,6 δισ. δολάρια σε δύο εργοστάσιά της στις Η.Π.Α, με το εργοστάσιο στη πόλη Livonia να παίρνει τα 1,4 δισ, ενώ τα υπόλοιπα θα πάνε στο εργοστάσιο του Οχάιο.

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FORD MOTOR COMPANY ISSUES THREE SAFETY RECALLS AND TWO SAFETY COMPLIANCE RECALLS IN NORTH AMERICA

DEARBORN, Mich., April 27, 2016 – Ford Motor Company is issuing three safety recalls and two safety compliance recalls in North America. Details are as follows:

Ford issues safety recall and customer satisfaction program for certain 2011-2012 Ford F-150, and 2012 Ford Expedition, Ford Mustang and Lincoln Navigator vehicles in North America to update powertrain control module software and inspect for certain diagnostic trouble codes Ford is issuing a safety recall for approximately 202,000 2011-2012 Ford F-150, and 2012 Ford Expedition, Ford Mustang and Lincoln Navigator vehicles for a potential issue with the output speed sensor on the vehicle’s transmission lead frame. Under certain conditions, the transmission controls could force a temporary downshift into first gear. Depending on the speed of the vehicle at the time of the downshift, the driver could experience an abrupt speed reduction that could cause the rear tires to slide or lock up. This condition could result in loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.

Ford is aware of three reports of accidents and no injuries related to this condition.

Affected vehicles are equipped with a 6R80 transmission and include certain 2011-2012 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Dearborn Truck Plant and Kansas City Assembly Plant, Aug. 19, 2011 through March 9, 2012; 2012 Ford Expedition vehicles built at Kentucky Truck Plant, Aug. 19, 2011 through Dec. 19, 2011; Ford Mustang vehicles built at Flat Rock Assembly Plant, Aug. 19, 2011 through Feb. 21, 2012; and Lincoln Navigator vehicles built at Kentucky Truck Plant, Aug. 19, 2011 through Dec. 17, 2011. There are 201,900 vehicles affected, including 184,000 in the United States and federalized territories and 17,900 in Canada.

Dealers will inspect the powertrain control module for diagnostic trouble codes tied to the issue. If no related diagnostic trouble codes are present, dealers will update the powertrain control module software, which will eliminate the downshift into first gear if an OSS fault occurs. Additionally, as part of the corresponding customer satisfaction program, Ford will provide a one-time replacement of the lead frame at no charge within 10 years or 150,000 miles from the warranty start date.

If related diagnostic trouble codes are present, dealers will update the powertrain control module software and replace the lead frame at no cost to the customer.

Ford issues safety recall for certain 2014-2015 Ford Explorer and Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicles to replace rear suspension toe links Ford is issuing a safety recall for approximately 81,000 2014-2015 Ford Explorer and Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicles to replace rear suspension toe links. In certain vehicles, it is possible that the left and right rear suspension toe links could fracture due to poor weld quality. This condition could result in rear suspension noise, difficulty steering or loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash.

Ford is aware of one accident and one injury related to this issue.

Affected vehicles include certain 2014-2015 Ford Explorer vehicles built at Chicago Assembly Plant, Jan. 17, 2014 through May 31, 2014 and Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicles built at Chicago Assembly Plant, Jan. 21, 2014 through May 13, 2014. There are 81,036 vehicles affected by the issue, including 75,364 in the United States and federalized territories, 4,615 in Canada and 1,057 in Mexico.

Dealers will replace the left and right rear suspension toe links and align the rear suspension at no cost to the customer.

Ford issues safety recall for certain 2016 Ford F-Series Super Duty vehicles to inspect and replace tires Ford is issuing a safety recall for approximately 2,600 2016 Ford F-Series Super Duty vehicles to inspect and replace tires as needed. In certain vehicles, tires could have been damaged from a conveyor during assembly. In some cases, the sidewall damage could cause a rupture during use, resulting in rapid air loss and increasing the risk of a crash.

Ford is not aware of any accidents, injuries or fires related to this condition.

Affected vehicles include certain 2016 Ford F-Series Super Duty vehicles built at Kentucky Truck Plant, April 5, 2016 through April 10, 2016. There are 2,596 vehicles affected by this issue, including 2,288 in the United States and federalized territories, 271 in Canada and 37 in Mexico.

Dealers will inspect the tires for inboard sidewall damage and replace as needed at no cost to the customer.

Ford issues safety compliance recall for certain 2007-2012 Ford Flex, Ford Taurus, Lincoln MKS and Mercury Sable vehicles to replace driver airbag module Ford is issuing a safety compliance recall for approximately 200 2007-2012 Ford Flex, Ford Taurus, Lincoln MKS and Mercury Sable vehicles to replace the driver airbag module. In certain vehicles, the chemical enhancer for the second-stage airbag deployment could be missing from the module, which may increase the risk of an injury in a crash that requires second-stage deployment. This condition does not affect primary-stage airbag deployment. This issue is unrelated to the Takata airbag inflator safety recall.

Ford is not aware of any accidents, injuries or fires related to this condition.

Affected vehicles include 199 vehicles in North America, built at Chicago Assembly Plant and Oakville Assembly, Dec. 13, 2007 through Oct. 6, 2011.

Dealers will replace the driver airbag module at no cost to the customer.

Ford issues safety compliance recall for certain 2016 Ford Fusion vehicles to replace driver seat track assembly Ford is issuing a safety compliance recall for approximately 40 2016 Ford Fusion vehicles to replace the driver seat track assembly. In certain vehicles, the seat mounting bracket attachment to the seat track rail may have been improperly welded, resulting in reduced seat track strength.

Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue.

Affected vehicles include 39 vehicles in the United States, built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant, March 10, 2016 through March 16, 2016.

Dealers will replace the driver seat track assembly at no cost to the customer.

APR 26, 2016 | DEARBORN, MICH. FORD INVESTS $1.6 BILLION IN U.S. PLANTS, CREATES 650 HOURLY JOBS IN MICHIGAN AND OHIO Ford is investing a total of $1.6 billion in its Livonia Transmission and Ohio Assembly plants The investment is part of the company’s commitment to invest $9 billion and create or retain 8,500 hourly jobs in its U.S. facilities during the next four years In the past five years, Ford has invested $12 billion in its U.S. plants and created nearly 28,000 total U.S. jobs DEARBORN, Mich., April 26, 2016 – Ford Motor Company is investing $1.6 billion to upgrade two of its manufacturing facilities in Michigan and Ohio, and creating or retaining 650 hourly jobs in the United States.

The $1.4 billion investment in Livonia Transmission Plant and $200 million investment in Ohio Assembly Plant are part of the $9 billion commitment the company made in the 2015 UAW-Ford collective bargaining agreement to continue investing in its U.S. plants.

Ford has invested $12 billion in its U.S. plants and created a total of nearly 28,000 U.S. jobs in the past five years.

“We are proud that Ford employs more hourly workers and builds more vehicles in the United States than any other automaker,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas. “We are committed to manufacturing in the United States, as we have been for more than 100 years.”

Ford’s latest investment creates or retains 500 hourly jobs in Michigan at Livonia Transmission Plant to build a new 10-speed transmission to be first introduced in the all-new F-150 Raptor and certain F-150 models. The investment and 150 hourly jobs at Ohio Assembly Plant, located in Avon Lake, will be used to build Super Duty chassis cab. Both F-Series trucks are part of Ford’s toughest, smartest, most capable truck lineup ever.

Ford has committed to 2,800 U.S. jobs in the past five months. The company has committed to a total of 8,500 hourly jobs in the U.S. during the next four years in communities across Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, New York and Ohio.

“I am thrilled that through our collective bargaining with Ford we were able to secure a substantial investment for the communities of Southeast Michigan and Northeast Ohio,” said Jimmy Settles, UAW vice president, National Ford Department. “The men and women of both Livonia Transmission and Ohio Assembly have shown a great commitment to manufacturing quality products, and we look forward to their continued success.”

Livonia Transmission Plant Livonia Transmission Plant employs more than 1,550 people. It builds a six-speed transmission that is used in a number of products including Mustang, F-150, Transit and Expedition. Production begins in June for the new 10-speed transmission.

Ohio Assembly Plant Ohio Assembly Plant employs more than 1,650 people. It began building F-350, F-450 and F-550 Super Duty chassis cab configurations earlier this year. The plant also produces Ford F-650 and F-750, which was insourced from Mexico last year, as well as Ford E-Series cutaway vans and stripped chassis.

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