Ford Recalls Nearly Half a Million Cars over Two Separate Issues

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The Ford Motor Company has issued two safety recalls in America. No less than 451,865 sedans and 13 medium-duty commercial trucks are affected. Happily, however, the automaker isn’t aware of any accidents or injuries related to the conditions of the vehicles covered by these recalls.
Approximately 451,865 sedans might have a potential issue with the fuel tank, we’re told by the Blue Oval. The 2010 to 2011 model year Ford Fusion and its sister model, the Mercury Milan, might be fitted with a flawed canister purge valve.

According to internal investigations, repeated pressure changes inside the fuel tank could lead to cracks on the top of the tank. And you know what that means: high-octane fuel may leak and, in the presence of an ignition source such as a lit match or a mere smouldering cigarette, it can lead to a fire.

Ford informs that affected vehicles were manufactured at the Hermosillo Assembly Plant from July 21, 2008 through March 4, 2011. Of the grand total, 411,205 cars are located in the U.S. and federalized territories, 33,605 are in Canada, and 7,055 are in Mexico. As a remedy to this problem, dealers are instructed to update the powertrain control module only if the fuel tank and canister purge valve are in operational condition.

What about the safety issue that’s affecting those medium-duty commercial trucks? As it happens, 13 examples of the 2016 model year Ford F-650 might develop an issue with the steering column. These trucks have a steering column that uses the “PARK” position mechanism in the transmission.

According to the manufacturer, the mechanism could fracture if the F-650 is loaded, on a grade, and the shift lever is in the “PARK” position. Unintended vehicle movement is the consequence to that. If your F-650 commercial truck was built at the Ohio Assembly Plant from July 29, 2015 through September 3, 2015, then call your dealership as soon as possible. The fix consists in replacing the steering column and reconfiguring the instrument panel.
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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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