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Ford Recalling Over 400,000 Cars for Rusty Frames, Faulty Seats

Ford is recalling nearly 435,000 cars and SUVs to fix rusting frame parts or faulty seats.

The bigger of the two recalls covers nearly 386,000 Ford Escapes from the 2001 through 2004 model years. Ford says the subframes can rust, allowing a control arm to separate and hamper steering control. Ford is aware of one crash but no injuries linked to the problem.

Ford announced it is recalling nearly 386,000 Escape Hybrids built in 2001-2004 to fix rusting frame parts. It is also recalling 49,000 Escapes, Fusions and other vehicles from the 2013 and 2014 model years to fix faulty seat welding.
Ford announced it is recalling nearly 386,000 Escape Hybrids built in 2001-2004 to fix rusting frame parts. It is also recalling 49,000 Escapes, Fusions and other vehicles from the 2013 and 2014 model years to fix faulty seat welding. STAN HONDA / AFP - Getty Images

The SUVs were originally sold or registered in 20 states and Washington, D.C., where salt is used to clear snow and ice from roads. Seven Canadian provinces also are included.

Dealers will install a reinforcement brace.

A second recall covers 49,000 Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ, Ford Escape and C-MAX vehicles from 2013 and 2014. Dealers will replace seat back frames that weren't welded properly.

—The Associated Press