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Ford issues three recalls for GT350 Mustang, Escape, Super Duty

Issues with the cars range from engine oil cooling to random flanges.

Ford loves issuing multiple recalls at once. The automaker has already sent out three whole batches of recalls this year, covering up to five different vehicles at once. That trend continues Tuesday, when the automaker issued three more.

Like before, these recalls have nothing tying them together, thematically speaking. The problems span multiple vehicle lineups that are completely separate, from sports cars to heavy-duty trucks. The problems themselves are radically different, as well.

But there is one thing that all three recalls have in common -- there are no accidents or injuries related to any of them. That's a good thing.

Recall the first: GT350 and GT350R oil cooling tubes

2017 Ford Shelby GT350R

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The first recall of the day covers roughly 8,000 examples of the 2015-2017 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 and GT350R, Ford's most hardcore sports cars currently on sale. All affected vehicles were built at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant between 24 February 2015 and 30 August 2016.

Ford's recall relates to potential oil leaks. An engine oil cooler tube assembly may not have been crimped sufficiently. A hose might separate as a result, which could leak oil all over the place. An engine without oil will promptly destroy itself, and the spilled oil could cause a fire.

The automaker will replace the cooler tube assembly, which should solve the problem.

Recall the second: Escape and Mariner fuel flanges

2010 Ford Escape

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Ford's second recall covers nearly 400,000 examples of the 2010-2012 Ford Escape and 2010-2011 Mercury Mariner crossovers, all of which are equipped with the 3.0-liter, flex-fuel V6 engine. Both cars were built as the Kansas City Assembly Plant.

This recall points to a faulty flange assembly. A supply port in the fuel delivery module might develop a crack. A crack leads to a leak, which leads to a big ol' fire hazard. Bear in mind, this is only for the 3.0-liter engine.

Fixing this will require Ford dealerships to replace the fuel delivery module flange assembly with a new unit. That should remove any risk of fuel leaks.

Recall the third: Super Duty protective shields

2017 Ford Super Duty Chassis Cab

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Ford's third recall of the day covers 180 examples of the 2017 Super Duty 6.7-liter diesel Chassis Cab truck. All 180 of these trucks were built at the Kentucky Truck Plant between 21 March 2016 and 28 August 2016.

This time around, a protective shield is to blame. The shield, which covers the fuel-conditioning module, might have been assembled with inadequate adhesive. Road debris or water spray could dislodge the shield, which could lead to an accidental drain-valve opening, which can put air in the fuel system or create a massive fuel leak.

Since fire hazards aren't very fun, Ford will replace the module's bottom cover with a metallic protective shield, which should prevent any part from becoming dislodged.