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Common architectures have led to more cars being recalled (Photo: Ford)

Ford Motor is recalling about 433,000 vehicles in North America to address a software problem that could leave the cars' engines running even after drivers turn the initiation key to the off-position.

The US carmaker said the recall resulted from "an issue with the body control module" of the  the various models, which include the 2015 Focus, C-Max and Escape vehicles.

No accidents or injuries associated with the issue have been reported and Ford said dealers will update the cars' body control module software free of charge.

Carmakers have been issuing recalls for larger numbers of vehicles in recent years, mostly because their platform strategies allow the use of similar components and systems across various models. Many cars today look different on the outside but are actually built on the same underlying architecture.