Ford Motor Company announced this past Friday that they will be issuing three recalls involving many of their vehicles, including those from their Lincoln Motor Company luxury division. Although two are relatively minor, one recall involves nearly 465,000 vehicles, 390,000 of which were sold in the United States.
The major recall is for fuel tanks that could potentially leak. Ford has stated that they have received over 600 complaints from registered owners as of March 31, and have presumably received more since then. The affected vehicles, all from the 2013 model year (Ford did not release individual numbers), are:
- Ford Explorer
- Ford Taurus
- Ford Flex
- Ford Fusion
- Ford Police Interceptor (Explorer and Taurus upgraded for police duty)
- Lincoln MKZ (shares a platform and major components with the Ford Fusion)
- Lincoln MKS (shares a platform and major components with the Ford Taurus)
- Lincoln MKT (shares a platform and major components with the Ford Flex)
“The condition could result in customers detecting a fuel odor, or in some cases, observe evidence of a fuel leak on the ground,” and “While a fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire, there have been no reports of fires. We are not aware of any accidents or injuries attributed to this condition.” This was according to an email sent out by Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker.
The two minor recalls affect their midsize mainstream and luxury offerings, the Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ, respectively.
The Fusion is being recalled for a possible missing internal retaining clip in the steering clip. This defect could impair steering ability, or the loss of steering control while the vehicle is in motion, thus increasing the risk of the vehicle and its occupants of being involved in an accident. Only 20 vehicles in the United States are affected (23 in total).
Around 500 MKZs (100 in the U.S., and the rest in Canada) that are equipped with engine block heaters, are being recalled for the insulation in the engine block electrical cord possibly cracking at temperatures at or below minus four degrees. If left unattended, the crack in the wiring could lead to exposure to electrical shock and corrosion.
The latest Ford recalls will have registered owners, as well as police departments, taking their vehicles back to the dealerships for the appropriate repair(s), all done at no cost. If you would like more information, or would like to schedule a service appointment, you may contact your local Ford/Lincoln dealer (most Lincoln dealerships were absorbed into the Ford stores after the shuttering of the Mercury brand a few years ago).
Source: The Detroit News
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