Ford has issued a recall for 2010 and 2011 models of the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan. The recall affects roughly 451,000 vehicles in North America, most of which are registered in the U.S.
The recall stems from a problem with the cars' fuel tank. According to Ford:
"Some of these vehicles might have a canister purge valve that does not work properly, causing internal pressure changes inside the fuel tank. Repeated pressure changes inside the tank could result in a crack on the top of the tank, possibly allowing fuel to leak."
Obviously, whenever there's a fuel leak, there's an increased possibility of fire. However, Ford says that it knows of no accidents, injuries, or fires linked to the problem.
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The recall is limited to 2010 and 2011 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan vehicles built at Ford's Hermosillo Assembly Plant between July 21, 2008 and March 4, 2011. All told, the recall affects 451,865 cars in North America: 411,205 registered in the U.S., 33,605 in Canada, and 7,055 in Mexico.
After receiving a recall notice in the mail, owners will be able to take their vehicles to Ford dealers, who will update the software on the powertrain control module and inspect the canister purge valve and fuel tank for leaks. The components will be replaced if necessary, at no charge.
If you own one of these vehicles and have further questions, you're encouraged to contact Ford customer service at 800-392-3673.