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Ford recalls 490,000 minivans, SUVs

Janelle Vreeland

Ford recalls 2004 Freestars

Ford recalls vehicles to fix defects that can cause brakes to catch fire

Ford is recalling 490,000 minivans and SUVs because of a defect that can cause brakes to catch fire.

BIz Journals reports that Ford is recalling 205,896 Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey minivans and 244,530 Ford Escape SUVs in the U.S. and about 40,000 Escapes outside the U.S. 

The 2001- and 2002-model Escape SUVs included in the recall may have brake-fluid leaks from the caps of their brake master cylinder reservoirs, leading to corrosion that may cause fire. The 2004- and 2005-model Freestar and Monterey minivans are being recalled because the torque converter output shafts in their powertrains may fail and cause a sudden loss of power.

In order to recitfy the problems, Ford will notify owners and dealers will replace the faulty parts free of charge. The recall will begin in April.

Read more about the Ford recalls here.

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