Description: Ford is recalling around 205,000 certain model year 2004 and 2005 Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey vehicles. Ford is also recalling around 244,000 certain model year 2001-2002 Ford Escape vehicles that were manufactured from October 22, 1999 through July 19, 2002.
Hazard: In the 2004-2005 Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey vehicles the torque converter output shaft may fail. This condition results in a sudden loss of motive power with no warning, increasing the risk of a crash. In the 2001-2002 Ford Escape vehicles the brake master cylinder reservoir cap could leak brake fluid. If brake fluid leaks from the cap, it could come in contact with the antilock brake system (ABS) module wiring harness connector. Corrosion can develop in the electrical connector leading to melting, smoke or a fire.
Remedy: Ford will notify owners and dealers about the Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey vehicles and will replace the torque converter free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin in the second calendar quarter of 2012. For the Ford Escape vehicles: dealers will replace the brake master cylinder reservoir cap and the ABS electrical system will be modified. Ford expects to notify owners starting the week of January 23, 2012. Due to a parts delay, however, the remedy may not be available at that time. If parts are not available, Ford will instruct owners to park their vehicles outside until such time as parts become available. Owners may contact the Ford Motor Company customer relationship center at 1-866-436-7332.