In yet another safety recall for a potential fire risk in one of its vehicles, Ford is voluntarily recalling certain 2012 model year Edge crossovers equipped with 2.0-liter EcoBoost engines.
A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of vehicles potentially affected in the U.S. as 5,499. Affected vehicles were built from September 2, 2010 through October 31, 2011 at the Oakville Assembly Plant in Ontario, Canada.
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According to the NHTSA bulletin, an improper manufacturing process is to blame for a fuel line pulse damper metal housing that may crack, resulting in fuel odor, weepage, or a continuous leak while the fuel system is pressurized.
A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may lead to a fire.
In documentation from Ford (PDF), the automaker said that there have been 11 warranty claims for fuel leaks but that there have been no accidents, injuries or fires related to this condition reported to-date.
What Ford will do
Ford will notify owners by mail, instructing them to bring their vehicles to a Ford or Lincoln dealer to have them inspected and the fuel line replaced, if necessary, at no charge. Ford said that if no service part is available, the owner will be provided a loaner vehicle until the required repair is complete.
The Ford safety recall campaign is expected to begin on or about September 24, 2012. In the meantime, owners of 2012 Ford Edge crossovers with any questions or concerns may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332. Reference the Ford recall campaign number 12S40.
Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may also contact NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov. Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 12V438000.
Earlier, Ford had issued recalls of the 2013 Escape crossover due to fire concerns. In July, Ford recalled 11,500 2013 model year Escapes equipped with the 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine over an engine compartment fuel line that could split and leak gasoline. Owners were advised to stop driving their vehicles until repairs were completed.
In early September, Ford issued another recall involving 6,146 2013 Escapes in the U.S. (and another 1,300 in Canada) with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The problem this time was an engine plug failure that could result in fire risk.