Ford Motor Company has issued three recalls affecting roughly 131,000 vehicles worldwide, with most registered in the U.S. While two of the recalls are for 2016 model-year vehicles, the largest recall affects SUVs from 2009 and 2010.
RECALL #1: Select 2009-2010 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX vehicles
UNITS AFFECTED: 110,636 vehicles registered in the U.S. and 18,187 registered in Canada
This recall stems from concerns that the brackets holding the SUV's fuel tank in place may suffer from corrosion. If that's the case, the fuel tank may not be properly restrained, resulting in a fuel odor, the triggering of a "check engine" light, or in some cases, a fuel leak. And of course, any time there's a fuel leak, there's a risk of fire.
The recall is limited to vehicles that have been registered or were originally sold in cold-weather areas where de-icing salts are used on roadways. In the U.S., that includes Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. In Canada, the recall affects the provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec.
The recall is also limited to vehicles that were manufactured at Ford's Oakville Assembly Plant between September 11, 2008 and July 1, 2010.
Ford says that it knows of no accidents, injuries or fires related to the issue.
After receiving recall notices in the mail, owners will be advised to take their vehicles to Ford and Lincoln dealers, who will inspect the fuel tank and either repair or replace it at no charge.
RECALL #2: Select 2016 Ford Mustang vehicles
UNITS AFFECTED: 1,900 cars registered in the U.S., one registered in Canada, and five registered in Mexico
This recall stems from worries that passenger restraints may have been damaged in shipping from the supplier to Ford's assembly plant. The parts in question include the front and rear seatbelt assemblies, rear seat buckle assemblies, and child tethers.
If those items were damaged, Ford says that they may not perform as intended during an accident, increasing the likelihood of injuries and fatalities. However, Ford says that it knows of no accidents or injuries linked to the issue.
The recall affects 2016 Ford Mustangs manufactured at Ford's Flat Rock Assembly Plant between September 26, 2015 and October 1, 2015.
Ford will notify owners of the recall by mail, and after receiving those notices, owners will be asked to take their cars to a dealership for repairs. According to Ford, all affected restraints will be replaced at no charge.
RECALL #3: Select 2016 Ford E-Series cutaway and chassis cab vehicles
UNITS AFFECTED: 65 vehicles registered in the U.S. and seven in Canada
This relatively small recall stems from a software problem that could prevent the the trailer brake controller from working properly. According to Ford: "In these vehicles, the trailer brakes do not engage when the driver presses the brake pedal".
Although drivers can manually apply the trailer brakes, doing so may lengthen the distance required to bring the vehicle and trailer to a full stop. Ford says that it has no reports of accidents or injuries associated with the problem.
The recall affects vehicles built at Ford's Ohio Assembly Plant between November 3, 2014 and September 1, 2015. Ford says that after receiving a recall notice, owners will be able to take their vehicles to a Ford dealer, who will update the powertrain control module software at no charge.
For additional details about any of these recalls, you're encouraged to call Ford Customer Service at 800-392-3673.