Ford recalls 692,000 vehicles

DETROIT – Ford is recalling more than 692,000 Escape small SUVs and C-Max gas-electric hybrids in North America to fix two safety problems.

The recalls cover vehicles from the 2013 and 2014 model years. Most of the Escapes have both problems.

The first case covers 692,500 Escape and C-Max vehicles.

A software glitch can stop the side curtain air bags from inflating in certain types of rollover crashes. The company says it has no reports of crashes or injuries. Dealers will reprogram the air bag control computer for free.

About 65,000 of the recalled vehicles are C-Max models, and the rest are Escapes. Roughly 591,000 are in the U.S., with 3,500 more in U.S. territories. About 78,000 are in Canada and another 19,500 are in Mexico, Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker said in an e-mail. There could be more vehicles affected in other markets, the company said.