Recall Alert: 83,000 Ford and Lincoln Crossovers, Sedans, SUVs

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Vehicles Affected: More than 83,000 model-year 2012-14 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX crossovers manufactured between Sept. 2, 2010, and Nov. 30, 2013; 2013-14 Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS sedans manufactured between Aug. 25, 2011, and Nov. 30, 2013; and 2013-14 Ford Flex SUVs and Lincoln MKT crossovers manufactured between Sept. 12, 2011, and Nov. 30, 2013

The Problem: The halfshaft retention circlip may not have been properly installed, and as a result the halfshaft may move outward and disengage from the linkshaft while driving and without warning. If this occurs, power will no longer be transmitted to the wheels, increasing the risk of a crash. In addition, if the parking brake is not applied before exiting the vehicle, a rollaway may occur despite the transmission being in Park, increasing the risk of injury to exiting occupants and bystanders.

The Fix: Ford will begin notifying owners Aug. 29, and dealers will inspect the vehicles to make sure that the halfshaft is properly retained; if it is not, dealers will replace the linkshaft and the halfshaft if it shows evidence of spline damage. The automaker will make the repairs for free.

What Owners Should Do: Both Ford and Lincoln owners can call Ford at 800-392-3673, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 14, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 92,000 2012-2014 Ford and Lincoln Vehicles

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 92,000 model-year 2013-14 Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS sedans (3.5-liter all-wheel-drive models built between Aug. 25, 2011, and Nov. 30, 2013), model-year 2013-14 Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT crossovers (3.5-liter all-wheel-drive models built between Sept. 12, 2011, and Nov. 29, 2013), model-year 2012-14 Ford Edge crossovers (2.0-liter front-wheel-drive models built between Sept. 2, 2010, and Nov. 29, 2013) and model-year 2014 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX crossovers (3.5- and 3.7-liter all-wheel-drive models built between Sept. 2, 2010, and Nov. 29, 2013) 

The Problem: Ford is reporting that a faulty halfshaft could become disengaged from the linkshaft, causing the affected vehicles to experience loss of drive function. The automaker also said that this problem could also result in unexpected vehicle movement even if the vehicle is in Park; no related accidents or injuries have been reported.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect to verify the right-hand halfshaft and replace the affected parts for free.

What Owners Should Do: Ford has not yet released an owner notification schedule. Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332 for more information.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer. 

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By Jennifer Geiger | July 9, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2013 Ford Explorer and Taurus, Lincoln MKS

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Ford is recalling 12,569 model-year 2013 versions of the Explorer, Taurus and Lincoln MKS vehicles due to a problem with the child safety door locks, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The affected vehicles were manufactured from Nov. 29 through Dec. 12, 2012; check your vehicle's build date on a sticker on the driver-side doorjamb. The child safety locks in these vehicles may change from active to disabled without notice. If the door is opened by an unrestrained child, an injury could result.

"A child safety lock with low retention torque after thousands of door openings/closings could potentially become inactive without operator input. In an abundance of caution, Ford is taking this field service action," the automaker said in a statement. There have been no accidents or injuries related to this recall, the automaker also reported.

Ford will begin notifying affected owners on Aug. 5, and dealers will inspect the safety locks and replace them as needed for free. Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more information.

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By Jennifer Geiger | July 9, 2013 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 420,000 Ford Sedans, SUVs

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Ford is recalling more than 420,000 model-year 2013 sedans and SUVs to check for fuel-tank leaks that could result in a fire; affected models include the 2013 Ford Fusion, Flex, Explorer, Taurus and Police Interceptor sedans and SUVs, as well as the 2013 Lincoln MKZ, MKS and MKT. In addition, Ford also announced two more separate recalls to address problems with engine-block heater cords in 500 model-year 2013 Lincoln MKZ sedans and steering gears in a small number of 2013 Ford Fusion sedans.

In the largest of the recalls, as of March 31, Ford had received 600 consumer complaints pertaining to potential leaks in the vehicles' fuel-delivery module, which could result in a fire. Ford said there had been no reports of fires or injuries as a result of the leaks.

"The condition could result in customers detecting an odor of fuel, or in some cases, observe evidence of a fuel leak on the ground," said Kelli Felker, Ford safety communications manager, in a statement. "While a fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire, there have been no reports of fires. We are not aware of any accidents or injuries attributed to this condition."

By Matt Schmitz | June 3, 2013 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 3,037 Ford and Lincoln Sedans and SUVs

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Ford is recalling 3,037 model-year 2012 Taurus and 2012 Lincoln MKS sedans and 2013 Ford Explorer SUVs due to leaky fuel tanks, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The affected vehicles were manufactured between July 19, 2011, and March 15, 2012, and their fuel tanks may have a marginally sealed side seam, which may not be strong enough in an impact. This could cause the tanks to leak, increasing the risk of a fire.

Ford will begin notifying owners on April 22, and dealers will inspect the fuel tanks and replace them as necessary for free. Owners may call Ford customer service at 866-436-7332 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236; for more info, go to www.safercar.gov.

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By Matt Schmitz | April 1, 2013 | Comments (0)

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2013 Lincoln MKS

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The redesigned 2013 Lincoln MKS may look more like an executive's car than a mom mobile, but it handled family duty without any problems, says Cars.com Family reviewer Sara Lacey. Its spacious backseat allowed plenty of room for her two school-aged kids, and the trunk easily handled all their luggage for a trip.

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By Jennifer Newman | March 11, 2013 | Comments (1)

Lincoln Sticking with MK-Lettered Nameplates

Lincoln MKZ ConceptLike them or not, the Lincoln brand's nameplate nomenclatures of "MKT," “MKZ," "MKX," and "MKS" are here to say, according to USA Today.

Last year, Ford CEO Alan Mulally intimated that the carmaker was considering a switch from the MK naming to something more traditional, like Continental.

For the hopeful, those dreams have officially been dashed. At the 2012 Detroit auto show, Lincoln introduced the MKZ Concept, indicating the Zephyr name probably wouldn't be revived.

Jim Farley, Ford's marketing chief, also hinted that the names would stick. "What I've learned in my career is it's product that matters, not the name," Farley told reporters at the show. In a separate interview, Mulally also told reporters he had come to terms with the current naming structure at Lincoln.

No word on if this spells the end of the only model still holding a proper name at Lincoln: the Navigator full-size SUV.

No change: Lincoln Is Stuck With Alphabet Soup Names (USA Today)

By Colin Bird | January 17, 2012 | Comments (9)

2013 Lincoln MKS Video

For the 2013 model year, the Lincoln MKS gets a mild refresh that includes a more robust powertrain, styling updates and new interior controls. MyLincoln Touch is new to the MKS, and the multimedia system is supposed to be more responsive, Ford says. In our testing on the show floor, the performance still didn't seem as responsive as we'd hoped, according to Cars.com Industry Analyst Kelsey Mays.

By Colin Bird | November 21, 2011 | Comments (7)

2013 Lincoln MKS: Photo Gallery

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The 2013 Lincoln MKS receives a host of improvements, including a more powerful powertrain, handling upgrades, interior updates and the MyLincoln Touch multimedia system.

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The MKS' exterior looks were updated, too, but the baleen whale grille might turn off some shoppers. Still, divisive is better than forgotten.

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2013 Lincoln MKS: Up Close

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The MKS' new grille does the automotive equivalent of wearing a pinstriped shirt: It thins the car out a bit. There's more visual depth up front, taking your focus off the car's bulbous rear flanks. The grille is still a little too intense for me, and most of it is unnecessary.

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Look close, and half of the upper and lower "inlets" give way to solid pieces behind. I get why Lincoln did it — more openings usually hurt aerodynamics, dinging your highway gas mileage — but form clearly led function, and most of the grille is faux show.

By Kelsey Mays | November 18, 2011 | Comments (19)

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