In 2012, Ford recalled 5,499 Edge crossovers because of a problem with the model's fuel line. Now, the automaker has expanded that recall to include 2013 models, bringing the total number of vehicles affected to 27,933.
And take note: if you own a 2012 Edge that was repaired under the first recall, you also need to have this new fix applied. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
In a bulletin posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the problem with the 2012-2013 Ford Edge is attributed to the metal housing around the fuel line pulse damper. Because of the way that equipment was built and installed, the housing may crack over time. Such cracks may result in gas odor, full-fledged leaks, or something in-between, depending on the severity of the crack.
Obviously, any sort of leak in a vehicle's fuel line constitutes a serious hazard. In a worst-case scenario, if fuel were to come in direct contact with an ignition source, it could easily start a fire.
One other thing to note: the fuel-line problem is limited to vehicles manufactured between September 2, 2010 and April 25, 2013, and it affects only those Edge models equipped with 2.0L engines.
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Ford says that it will begin notifying owners of the recall on February 28, 2014. After receiving the notice, Edge owners can take their vehicles to Ford dealers, who will switch out the faulty fuel line for one that doesn't have a damper. The repair will be carried out at no charge, of course.
As mentioned above, this recall supersedes the Edge recall issued in 2012. If you own a 2012 Ford Edge that was fixed under the first recall, we're sorry to report that you'll need to have your vehicle fixed again.
If you have questions, you can contact Ford directly at 866-436-7332 and ask about recall #13S13. Alternately, you can contact NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and inquire about safety campaign 14V002000.