Ford, Honda recalling thousands of vehicles

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

DETROIT (AP) — Two big automakers are recalling thousands of vehicles for safety issues and needed improvements.

The largest recall from Ford involves 159,395 Focus ST and Escape vehicles from the 2013 and 2014 model years. Ford says their engines could hesitate or stall because of a wiring problem.

Ford also is recalling 616 Focus and C-Max cars made earlier this month because their steering gears don’t have the proper number of ball bearings. That can potentially degrade the remaining ball bearings and lead to a loss of steering control.

Ford says there have been no accidents or injuries related to either recall. The 616 cars are still at dealerships and haven’t been sold.

Ford Motor Co. will notify customers and repair the vehicles for free.

Honda is also recalling 12,000 Fit subcompacts to replace the steel front bumper beams so the cars are more crash-resistant.

The tiny Fit was redesigned for the 2015 model year, and initially it flunked a key front-end crash test done by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The test simulates a 40 mph crash between the front corner of a car and a utility pole.

Honda engineers strengthened the welds on the beams so energy from a crash would be spread over the entire front of the car. That got the Fit an “Acceptable” rating in a second test, and earned it a “Top Safety Pick” designation.

Honda strengthened the bumpers at the factory and is voluntarily recalling all 2015 Fits now on the road in North America.

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