Ford Motor Company has issued two safety recalls in North America. The company says it is not aware of any accident, injuries or fires related to the affected vehicles as of the moment.
Ford says it is issuing a safety recall for 2010 to 2011 models of Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan vehicles due to a potential issue involving the fuel tank. The company estimates that as much as 450,000 are affected by the said recall. According to Ford, it is possible that the affected vehicles may have canister purge valves that do not work properly, which can cause internal pressure changes inside the fuel tank. With repeated pressure changes, the top of the tank may crack and cause fuel leak. This leak can become an ignition source for a possible fire incident.
The affected 2010 and 2011 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan vehicles were said to have been produced at the Hermosillo Assembly Plant from July 21, 2008 to March 4, 2011. Ford approximates the total number of affected vehicles to be around 451,865, with 411,205 in the United States and federalized territories; 33,605 in Canada and 7,055 in Mexico. For these affected vehicles, dealers shall be updating the powertrain control module software and replacing the canister purge valve and fuel tank if necessary, free of charge.
Meanwhile, Ford also issued a recall for the 2016 F-650 vehicle. As much as 13 vehicles are affected. The automaker says that since these vehicles have been built using a steering column that use a “park” position mechanism in the automatic transmission, there is a chance that the park mechanism could fracture should the vehicle be “on a grade, loaded and the shift lever is in park.” This will reportedly result in unintended movement of the vehicle.
The affected 2016 F-650 vehicles were assembled at the Ohio Assembly from July 29 to September 3, with all 13 currently in the United States. For these, dealers shall be replacing the steering column and reconfigure the instrument panel, free of charge.