Ford Motor Company has announced that they will be recalling several vehicles, such as certain 2012 Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS, as well as the 2013 Ford Explorer. If you’re wondering why these three particular vehicles are being recalled together, it’s because they all ride on the same platform, known by auto enthusiasts worldwide as the D3 platform that was originally developed by Volvo while under Ford’s ownership. Consequently, they also share many of the same parts (a philosophy that’s being embraced by stalwarts such as Mercedes-Benz).
The particular issue that prompted the recall is the fuel tank…more specifically, there may be a marginally sealed seam along the side of the fuel tank, which may not provide enough strength to stay intact in the event of a crash, especially from the rear. The last thing that Ford needs now is another rear-collision debacle. Moreover, the fuel tanks could be susceptible to leakage, which in both instances, could lead to the fuel tank and/or the vehicle itself to catch on fire.
Ford has announced that being on April 22 of this year, they will began to notify owners (generally by mail), directing them to take their vehicles to the dealership. From there, the dealership will determine if the vehicle will need repair, and make any necessary repairs, free of charge.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact your local Ford dealership. Depending on where you live, you may find that the dealership closest to you also carries Lincoln…this is due to Ford consolidating many of the Lincoln dealerships after Mercury was shuttered a few years ago.
News Source: Motor Trend