Ford is conducting a voluntary safety recall of a small number of 2013 Explorer SUVs, 2012 Taurus and Lincoln MKS sedans over concerns their fuel tanks may leak and pose a fire risk.
An official safety recall notice posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website puts the number of vehicles potentially affected by the recall in the U.S. at 3,037. Affected vehicles were built from July 19, 2011 through March 15, 2012.
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Documentation from Ford (PDF) submitted to the NHTSA said that the vehicles were all built at the company’s Chicago Auto Assembly plant. Some of the fuel tanks may have been manufactured with “inadequate” pressure, resulting in a “marginally sealed seam in the side of the tank.”
Ford said that some of the fuel tanks may not provide the expected strength in the event of an impact and also may leak fuel. The automaker said that it is not aware of any accidents, injuries or fires associated with this condition. The company has received warranty claims for some fuel tanks with either fuel odor or fuel leaks, both in the U.S. and in Saudi Arabia.
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What Ford will do
Ford will notify owners of vehicles affected by the safety recall and dealers will inspect the fuel tanks, replacing them as necessary. The service work will be performed at no charge. The Ford safety recall campaign, identified as 13S03, is expected to begin April 22, 2013.
In the meantime, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign 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 https://www.safercar.gov. Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 13V109000.