In the Escape, the break master cylinder reservoir cap could leak brake fluid, sparking an electrical fire if the fluid reaches the antilock braking system module. Owners of vehicles in question will be notified beginning Jan. 23 and will have the cap replaced and antilock braking system modified by dealers.

In the minivans, the transmission's torque converter output shaft may fail, causing immediate and sudden loss of power. The recall for the Freestar and Mercury Monterey is not expected to begin until the spring, as dealers wait for required parts to arrive. Once they do, Ford and Lincoln dealers will replace the torque converter at no cost to the consumer.

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-- Written by Brittany Umar.
Brittany joined TV in November 2006 after completing a degree in Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers College. Previously, Brittany interned at the local ABC affiliate in New York City WABC-TV 7 where she helped research and produce On Your Side, a popular consumer advocacy segment.

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