Ford has to call around 100,000 vehicles back into the workshops in Germany. There is a risk of engine fire from leaked battery acid. Here’s the information on which models are affected.
In Germany, Ford has to call around 100,000 Galaxy, S-Max and Mondeo vehicles into the workshops. According to the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA), there is a risk of engine fire from leaked battery acid. As a remedy, the installation of an intermediate cable harness with fuse is planned. According to the study, almost 322,000 vehicles are affected worldwide. Previously, the trade magazine "kfz-betrieb" had reported on the matter.
According to a Ford spokesman, leaking battery acid around the battery minus pole could cause the sensor of the battery monitoring system to fail. As a result, the materials in this area could become so hot that they ignite. This could also happen with parked and unattended cars. Vehicles from the production period from 13 February 2014 to 11 February 2019 from the Valencia plant in Spain are affected.
In Germany, around 52,400 vehicles were affected by the recall in a first tranche. Their owners are currently being contacted by Ford and asked to contact their Ford dealer at short notice to arrange a repair date. In a second tranche, a further 48,500 vehicles sold in Germany will be recalled. In agreement with the KBA, their owners would be written to "soon, but with a brief delay".
(Original text: dpa; Translation: Mareike Graepel)