Ford Recalls 2016 and 2017 MY Vehicles Over Two Problems

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Less than a week before Father Christmas makes his arrival, the Ford Motor Company issued not one, but two safety recalls. In total, 9,421 Fords and Lincolns of all shapes and sizes are affected.
Starting with the bigger of the two, the American automaker issued a recall for the 2017 F-Series Super Duty, a pickup truck that costs as much as $80,000 in its plushest specification. These workhorses are being called back to fix “a missing reinforcement [that] could lead to a fuel tank strap separating from the frame.” The worse case scenario is a fuel leak from the gas tank, a circumstance that could lead to a vehicle fire.

8,069 vehicles are affected, i.e. 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks manufactured at the Kentucky plant from August 10 to September 17, 2016. To remedy this mess-up, Ford instructed its dealers to inspect the presence of a reinforcement bracket on the crossmember at the front of the fuel tank strap attachment. If no such bracket is found by the service technician, dealers are obliged to install one at no cost to the affected owner.

The second recall announced today involves certain 2016 and 2017 Ford and Lincoln vehicles equipped with the 3.5-liter GTDI V6. To be more specific, these vehicles include the MKT, Flex, Explorer, Police Interceptor Utility, and Taurus. The problem these nameplates share comes in the form of potentially leaking turbocharger oil supply tubes due to inadequate brazing.

In the presence of an ignition source, the turbocharger oil could ignite, thus increasing the risk of fire. 1,352 vehicles are affected by the said condition, most of them built at the Chicago and Oakville plants from October 15 to November 12, 2016. In the Police Interceptor Utility’s case, make that November 2, 2016. The fix, as you might think, is simple: replace the tubes.

To find out if your car is affected, use the NHTSA’s look-up by VIN tool.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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