Auto/Economy
1:39 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Ford recalls some older-model Freestars, Montereys and Escapes

Ford is recalling almost a half million minivans and SUVs.

One recall is for about 245,000 Ford Escapes from model years 2001 and 2002. The automaker says possible corrosion in the automatic braking system could lead to an electrical short.

"In some cases, the module could also overheat, resulting in some smoke and potentially a fire," says Dan Pierce, Ford’s safety communications manager.

Pierce says there have been a few reports of fires, but no accidents or injuries.

Ford is also recalling about 206,000 Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey minivans from model years 2004-2005.

Pierce says a torque converter malfunction could cause a loss of power.

"A vehicle that loses forward and reverse power is still very much controllable," Pierce says. "The vehicle will be able to coast into a safe position."

He says two minor accident allegations were reported.

The problems will be repaired at no charge by Ford dealers.