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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Ford Recalls 390,783 Vehicles For Potential Fuel Leaks

Ford is recalling a total of 390,783 Ford and Lincoln vehicles in the U.S. and federalized territories for potential fuel leaks. Worldwide, the number of vehicles affected is about 465,000 vehicles.

Included in the recall in the U.S. are certain 2013 Ford Fusion mid-size sedans, Taurus full-size sedans, Explorer mid-size SUVs, Flex mid-size crossovers, Ford police interceptor utility vehicles and police interceptor sedans.

The Ford safety recall also includes certain 2013 Lincoln MKS full-size sedan, MKT three-row crossover and MKZ mid-size sedan models.

According to documentation from Ford (PDF), affected vehicles were built as follows:

2013 model year Ford Explorer, Taurus, Police Interceptor Sedan, Police Interceptor Utility vehicles and certain 2013 model year Lincoln MKS vehicles built at the Chicago Assembly Plant from August 25, 2011 through January 10, 20132013 model year Ford Flex and certain 2013 model year Lincoln MKT vehicles built at the Oakville Assembly Complex from September 12, 2011 through January 30, 20132013 model year Ford Fusion and certain 2013 model year Lincoln MKZ vehicles built at Ford’s Hermosillo, Mexico assembly plant
Although no model breakdown is available specifically for the U.S., the global breakdown of models and numbers of vehicles affected by the recall is as follows:

Explorer – 190,896Taurus – 79,567Flex – 27,574Fusion – 122,638Police Interceptor Utility – 8,384Police Interceptor Sedan – 11,517
MKS – 13,381MKT – 6,599MKZ – 5,512
The problem

A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website indicates that the fuel delivery module in affected vehicles may develop a crack. Over time, this crack could allow fuel to leak, possibly resulting in a fire in the presence of an ignition source.

Specifically, Ford says that the fuel delivery module may develop a crack at the insert-molded vertical port that could potential result in a fuel leak. Furthermore, according to warranty data, Ford says that “the customer is likely to experience fuel odor or, in some cases, observe evidence of a fuel leak on the ground.”

There have been no reports of accidents, injuries or fires related to this condition, according to the automaker.

What Ford will do

Ford will notify owners and dealers will replace the fuel delivery module at no charge. The Ford safety recall campaign, identified as No. 13S04, is expected to begin on July 15, 2013.

In the meantime, owners of vehicles involved in the recall with any questions or concerns may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.

Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to  Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 13V227000.

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