Got a Ford Escape, Fiesta, Fusion? It may be recalled

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Almost half a million Ford vehicles are being recalled to fix issues ranging from coolant problems to bad door latches and flawed drive shafts.

The owner of a 2014 Ford Focus reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the vehicle caught fire in November 2016.

In its second recall, Ford says it is adding 210,619 model year 2014 Fiesta, model year 2013 to 2014 Fusion, and model year 2013 to 2014 Lincoln MKZ vehicles to a campaign to replace door latches that can break.

The company said the engine may overheat due to a lack of coolant circulation. This is an expansion of a previous recall from 2015, and Ford said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with the issue.

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If parts are available, dealers will install a coolant level sensor and a warning light on the dashboard telling owners if the coolant level is low, Weigandt said. If vehicles leak coolant or overheat, they should be taken to a dealer, Weigandt said.

Ford Motor Company is expanding a previously announced safety recall regarding door latches to include approximately 211,000 more vehicles.

Ford said there have been no injuries so far attributed to the bad latches, which can sometimes prevent the door from fully closing or cause it to open suddenly while the vehicle is in motion.

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In these vehicles, a component called a pawl spring tab has a chance of breaking. A door that opens while driving increases the risk of injury.

Finally, Ford is recalling 111 2017 model year Edges for missing windshield header welds.

Ford also has a recall for a limited number of 2017 Ford F-450 and F-550 trucks to replace the drive shaft.

The Problem: Vehicles may experience a vibration in the driveline at speeds above 75 miles per hour; the vibration could fracture the transmission or driveline components, leading to a loss of power while driving or unintended vehicle movement while the pickup is in Park if the parking brake is not in use.

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