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Recalls: 133,000 Ford Models Including Focus ST Have Stalling Issue

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 9/12/2014 Jason Udy

Ford is recalling roughly 133,000 Focus ST and 2013-2014 Escape models with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost for a wiring harness issue as well as about 70,000 older Ford Escape hybrid and Mercury Mariner hybrid models for an electronics cooling issue. Meanwhile, Toyota is recalling about 130,000 2014 Tundra pickups for an interior trim piece that could affect the side airbags, and Porsche is recalling a small number of 2015 Macan SUVs for an issue with the brake booster.

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2013-2014 Ford Focus ST and Escape with 2.0-liter EcoBoost


The Problem: An issue with the engine wiring harness splices to the Manifold Absolute Pressure (MAP) sensor could give incorrect signals to the powertrain control module (PCM), which could cause the engine to stall or vehicle to hesitate and increase the risk of a crash.

2014 Ford Focus ST© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Ford Focus ST

The Fix: Ford will notify owners, instructing them to take potentially affected vehicles to the dealer to have the existing crimped splices replaced with new splices. Ford will begin notifying affected customers around September 29, 2014. Owners can contact the automaker at 1-800-392-3673 referencing recall number 14S17.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: A total of 133,227 vehicles including Ford Focus ST models manufactured from February 14, 2012, through October 14, 2013 and 2013-2014 Ford Escape vehicles manufactured October 5, 2011 through April 1, 2013.

2014 Toyota Tundra


The Problem: Certain 2014 Toyota Tundra pickups are being recalled due to an issue with the side airbags. An improperly installed trim piece on the center pillar could prevent proper deployment of the side airbags in a crash.

The Fix: Toyota will notify notify owners, instructing them to take the affected vehicles to the dealer to inspect the side pillar trim and replace as necessary. The date that notifications will be sent out haven’t been revealed. No crashes, injuries, or fatalities have been reported related to the issue.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: About 130,000 2014 Toyota Tundra pickups are affected by the recall.

2005-2008 Ford Escape hybrid and 2006-2008 Mercury Mariner hybrid


The Problem: The coolant pump for the hybrid system in certain 2005-2008 Ford Escape hybrid and 2006-2008 Mercury Mariner hybrid SUVs could fail, causing the hybrid electronics to overheat. If that were to occur, the powertrain could shut down, causing the vehicle to stall and increase the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Ford will notify owners, instructing them to take potentially affected vehicles to the dealer for an inspection and if necessary replace the original Motor Electronics Coolant (MEC) Pump with an improved brushless pump. Ford will begin notifying affected customers around October 27, 2014. Owners can contact the automaker at 1-866-436-7332 referencing recall number 14S19.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: A total of 70,209 vehicles including 2005-2008 Ford Escape hybrid crossovers manufactured October 13, 2003 through June 20, 2008 and 2006-2008 Mercury Mariners manufactured June 10, 2005 through June 20, 2008.

2015 Porsche Macan


The Problem: The brake booster on certain models may have been damaged during installation. If that happened, the vacuum in the brake booster could drop during use and cause reduced brake force boost and increase the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Porsche will notify owners, instructing them to take the affected vehicles to the dealer to inspect and replace the brake booster if necessary. Owners can contact Porsche at 1-800-545-8039 referencing recall number AE02.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: Just seven 2015 Porsche Macan SUVs are affected.

Source: NHTSA, Toyota

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