Ford recalls Fusion to fix faulty headlights
Ford recalls new Fusion to fix faulty headlights as spate of problems continues
Ford is recalling about 19,000 brand-new Fusion midsize cars to fix defective headlights.
Reflectors in the low-beam lights on the 2013 Fusions can become hazy over time and reduce the brightness.
It's the second recall in a week for the Fusion and the sixth recall of a new Ford vehicle in the past five months.
Ford will replace the headlights for free to fix the latest problem. The company will notify owners by mail later this month.
Last week Ford recalled new Fusions and Escape SUVs with 1.6-liter engines because they can overheat, leak fluids and catch fire.
The new Escape small SUV has been recalled three other times since July.
Ford says the recalls show the company moves quickly to take care of safety problems.
The recall comes on the same day Consumer Reports released a column saying Ford's C-Max and Fusion hybrids get nowhere near the fuel economy estimated by the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a new blog post by Consumer Reports magazine.
According to the report, the EPA estimates that both the Fusion Hybrid and C-Max Hybrid get 47 miles per gallon in both city and highway driving. In Consumer Reports testing, the Fusion Hybrid got 35 mpg in city driving and 41 on the highway. That works out to 8 mpg less than EPA estimates in combined city and highway driving. The C-Max hybrid, meanwhile, got 35 mpg in city driving and 38 on the highway in the Consumer Reports test. That's 10 mpg less than EPA estimates in combined driving.
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