Ford Motor Co. said it had recalled 170,500 vehicles in North America over a variety of defects that could lead to rattling seats, squeaky wheels and trouble starting engines.
The recall affects 145,500 F-Series Super Duty pickup trucks, Excursion sport utility vehicles, Crown Victoria police vehicles and Lincoln Town Cars.
The 2003 model-year pickup trucks and Excursion SUVs equipped with diesel engines have problems with battery connectors. The Crown Victorias and Lincoln Town Cars have defective axles that could cause the vehicles to come to a stop, Ford said.
Ford also recalled 25,000 2004 model-year Taurus, Mercury Sable and Thunderbird cars because of problems with the front seats.
No injuries have been linked to the problems.