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2014 Ford Fusion

2014 Ford Fusion

NEW YORK — If you own a 2014 Ford Fusion, it may have been recalled three times in the last week alone for potentially serious safety problems.

Ford Motor issued four recalls on Wednesday following an earlier recall on Friday and three of those included the 2014 Fusion, one of the more popular car models that the automaker sold in that model year.

All told, nearly 1 million car and truck recall notices were issued in the last few days, although as in the case of the Fusion there were some models that faced multiple recalls. The Lincoln MKZ and Ford Fiesta have both been recalled twice in the last week.

The largest of the recalls is 520,000 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ from 2013 to 2015 model years, and some 2015 Ford Edges that have a problems with its steering gear motor that could result in a loss of power steering. But Ford said it is not aware of any accidents related to that problem.

In addition, 390,000 Fusion and MKZ from the 2013 to 2014 model years, and the 2012-2014 Ford Fieta are being recalled for problems with a latch that can cause a door to open.

Ford said it’s aware of two customers who said they were hit with the doors when they bounced back while attempting to close them and one other customer who said an unlatched door swung open to hit another vehicle while it was being parked.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration took the unusual step of issuing its own statement urging owners of these recalled cars to get them fixed as soon as possible due to the risk.

Ford is also recalling 50,000 of the 2014 Fusions, Edges and Transit Connect as well as a 2014-2015 Fiesta for a fuel pump issue that can cause the pump to seize and the car to stall while being driven.

A stalling car can be a serious safety hazard. In the most well-known case, General Motors has had millions of cars recalled for a problem ignition switch that can cause the car to stall and has been tied to at least 90 deaths. The Ford recall is far less extensive, but the automaker says it is aware of at least one accident that may be linked to the fuel pump issue. It did not disclose if that accident caused any injuries or deaths.

The final recall affects only 91 of the 2015 F-150 due to a problem with its underbody heat shield that can increase the risk of a fire. Ford said it is not aware of any accidents, injuries or fire tied to the problem though.