Ford Motor Co. has recalled nearly half a million Ford Fusions and Mercury Milans in North America because the vehicles’ fuel tanks are prone to cracking, which can lead to gas leaks and potential fires. Ford reported that the recall encompasses 450,000 model year 2010-2011 Fusions and Milans that have potentially defective canister purge valves that can cause pressure changes inside the vehicles’ fuel tanks, which can result in a crack in the top of the tank and a fuel leak. The automaker said that while a fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source can lead to a fire, it is not aware of any accidents, injuries or fires related to the defect.
According to Ford, affected vehicles include certain 2010-2011 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan vehicles built at the Hermosillo Stamping and Assembly Plant from July 21, 2008 through March 4, 2011. There are a total of approximately 451,865 vehicles that might be affected in North America, including 411,205 vehicles in the United States and federalized territories, 33,605 in Canada and 7,055 in Mexico, it said.
Ford dealers will update the powertrain control module software, inspect the canister purge valve and fuel tank for leaks and replace if necessary, at no cost to vehicle owners. The recall is the latest in a string of Ford recalls implemented this year. In September, the automaker announced six new recalls covering about 380,000 vehicles for 10 models over safety defect concerns, including axle breakage and sudden braking. The largest two recalls in that round concern about 340,000 Ford Windstar vans made between 1998 and 2003 and 37,000 model year 2015 Ford F-150 trucks. The vans contain a potential issue with a safety repair on a fracture-prone rear axle that was performed as part of a previous recall, while the trucks may have a defective adaptive cruise control system that causes unexpected braking. In July, the car manufacturer recalled 433,000 2015 Focus, C-MAX and Escape vehicles over an electronic glitch that could cause an engine to continue running even after the ignition is turned off.
Between March and May, Ford recalled nearly 1.3 million vehicles, including police cars and hearses. About half of those recalls concerned faulty door latches that prevented doors from closing or allowed them to open while driving in newer Ford Fiestas, Fusions and Lincoln MKZ cars, with the first recall of 390,000 cars coming in late April and extended to include another 156,000 cars in early May. The company’s largest single recall so far came at the end of April when the company announced a regional recall of more than 518,000 Ford and Lincoln vehicles in cold-weather states over power steering corrosion concerns.
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