2013 Explorer Among Ford Vehicles Recalled for Fire Risk


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    2013 Ford Explorer Picture

    Ford is recalling 3,037 vehicles, including the 2013 Ford Explorer, 2012 Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS, because of a fuel-tank defect that could lead to a fire risk. | April 01, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • Ford is recalling 3,037 vehicles, including the 2013 Ford Explorer, 2012 Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS, because of a fuel-tank defect that could lead to a fire risk, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  • Ford has placed a demonstration and delivery hold on the affected vehicles.
  • Ford said it is not aware of any accidents, injuries or fires associated with the recall.

WASHINGTON — Ford Motor Co. is recalling 3,037 vehicles, including the 2013 Ford Explorer and 2012 Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS, because of a fuel-tank defect that could lead to a fire risk, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Ford has placed a demonstration and delivery hold on the affected vehicles.

"In the affected vehicles, the fuel tanks may have a marginally sealed seam in the side of the tank," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "As a result, the fuel tanks may not provide the expected strength in the event of an impact. The tanks may also leak. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire."

Ford said it is not aware of any accidents, injuries or fires in vehicles associated with the recall. Ford told federal safety regulators that in a small number of warranty claims, fuel leaks have been reported. A marginally sealed seam may also leak, resulting in a fuel odor.

The affected vehicles were manufactured from July 19, 2011 through March 15, 2012.

The company said if a customer's vehicle requires the replacement of the fuel tank and it is necessary to order parts, Ford will pay for up to two days of vehicle rental.

Ford dealers will inspect and replace the fuel tanks if necessary. The recall is expected to begin on April 22. Owners can contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.

Edmunds says: Ford dealers are waiting for parts, so the recall will not begin for several weeks.

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