Ford Motor Company is issuing a safety compliance recall for approximately 203,500 2014-‘15 Transit Connect and Escape vehicles in North America for an issue with the instrument panel cluster. When starting the vehicle, the instrument cluster, warning chimes, messages and warning lights may not work, which is a compliance issue with FMVSS 101 and other applicable FMVSS requirements. If these displays don’t work as intended, it could increase the risk of a crash.
Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with this issue. Affected vehicles include certain 2014-‘15 Transit Connect vehicles built at Valencia Assembly Plant in Spain from May 13, 2014, to Dec. 10, 2014; and certain 2014-‘15 Escape vehicles built at Louisville Assembly Plant from May 19, 2014, to Feb. 6, 2015. There are 203,445 affected vehicles in North America, including 182,520 in the United States and federalized territories, 18,226 in Canada and 2,699 in Mexico.
Dealers will update the instrument panel cluster software at no cost to the customer.