2010-'14 Ford Taurus Recalled for Fire Risk


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    Ford is recalling 196,639 2010-'14 Ford Taurus sedans because a potential corrosion issue in the license-plate lamp could lead to a fire risk. | May 30, 2014

Just the Facts:
  • Ford is recalling 196,639 2010-'14 Ford Taurus sedans because a potential corrosion issue in the license-plate lamp could lead to a fire risk.
  • "We are aware of 18 reports of fire believed to be associated with this condition," wrote Kelli Felker, a Ford spokeswoman, in response to an Edmunds query. "In one instance, there is an allegation of an injury when the driver put out the fire with his/her hand."
  • The recall is expected to begin by the end of July.

DEARBORN, Michigan Ford is recalling 196,639 2010-'14 Ford Taurus sedans because a potential corrosion issue in the license-plate lamp could lead to a fire risk, the company said on Thursday.

"We are aware of 18 reports of fire believed to be associated with this condition," wrote Kelli Felker, a Ford spokeswoman, in response to an Edmunds query. "In one instance, there is an allegation of an injury when the driver put out the fire with his/her hand."

The affected vehicles are operated primarily in cold-weather states or Canadian provinces that use large amounts of road salt.

"A salt-water mixture may get into the license-plate lamp and lead to corrosion," Ford said in a statement. "The corrosion may cause a short circuit in the lamp, resulting in excessive heat and potentially a fire."

Ford said although this corrosion-related condition is not expected to exist in warm-weather states, under a separate program, owners in those states will be notified. At the customer's request, dealers will replace the license-plate lamp assembly.

The affected cars were built from November 24, 2008 through February 28, 2014 at the Chicago Assembly Plant.

Ford dealers will replace the license-plate lamp assembly on recalled vehicles originally sold in or currently registered in "corrosion states and regions," the company said.

The recall is expected to begin by the end of July.

No information had been posted about the recall on the Web site of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as of Friday morning.

The Taurus recall is part of a larger recall of nearly 1.4 million Ford vehicles announced on Thursday in separate actions throughout the day. The bulk of those recalled vehicles were 1.1 million cars with power-steering problems, including the 2008-'11 Ford Escape and 2011-'13 Ford Explorer.

Edmunds says: The Taurus recall does not begin until mid-summer. If you own one of the affected cars and are experiencing a problem with it, get it into your dealership immediately.

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