Fire Risk Forces Ford to Issue Vehicle Recall for Almost 500,000 Cars
According to reports, Ford Motor Company recently issued a vehicle recall notice for 465,000 cars due to a fuel leak that can lead to a fire hazard.
Ford Motor Company says that models under the vehicle recall include the 2013 Ford Explorer, Taurus, Flex, Fusion, Interceptor Utility and Interceptor Sedan, as well as the Lincoln MKS, MKT and MKZ. Approximately 420,000 vehicles are in the US, Canada, and Mexico; the rest are overseas.
Ford reports that it has not received any reports of fire due to the leak, or of any injuries related to the problem. However, the company did note that it has received 600 complaints about the fuel leak from customers since March 31st.
“While a fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire, there have been no reports of fires (and) we are not aware of any accidents or injuries attributed to this condition,” said Ford in a press statement.
Ford has already issued a vehicle recall in the last year for a potential fire hazard. In July 2012, the company recalled 11,500 of model year 2013 Escape SUVs because of a defect in the fuel line. At the time, Ford advised their customers to not even drive the vehicles until they had been repaired because the potential for fire was so high.
This most recent vehicle recall does not have a similar warning. However, this is one of the largest vehicle recalls in Ford’s history.
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