Ford Motor has recalled 388,000 of its current model year cars in the U.S. due to a fuel leak that poses a fire risk. The models include 2013 Ford Explorer, Taurus, Flex, Fusion, Interceptor Utility and Interceptor Sedan, as well as the Lincoln MKS, MKT and MKZ. At issue is a part within the gas tank that may fail and leak fuel onto the ground. If the spilled fuel catches a spark, a fire could occur. Ford said it is not aware of any incidents of fire due to the fuel leak, or of any injuries caused by the defect. Ford said it had received 600 complaints about the fuel leak from customers as of March 31st. Owners who detect the smell of gas or notice a leak are urged to contact their dealer immediately for a service appointment.
The recall also affects nearly 77,000 vehicles in other global markets, including Canada and Mexico. Ford alerted NHTSA of the recall on May 28th. Last July, Ford recalled 11,500 of its 2013 Escape SUVs because a defect in the fuel line could cause a fire. At that time Ford took the unusual step of advising drivers not to even drive the vehicles until they were repaired. There was no such warning with the most recent recall.
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