DEARBORN, Michigan — Ford is recalling approximately 451,865 2010-'11 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan midsize sedans in North America for a problem with the fuel tank that poses a fire risk, the automaker said on Monday.
"Some of these vehicles might have a canister purge valve that does not work properly, causing internal pressure changes inside the fuel tank," Ford said in a statement. "Repeated pressure changes inside the tank could result in a crack on the top of the tank, possibly allowing fuel to leak.
"A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source can lead to a fire."
Ford said it is not aware of any accidents, injuries or fires linked to the recall.
The affected vehicles were built from July 21, 2008 through March 4, 2011.
Ford dealers will update the powertrain control module software, inspect the canister purge valve and fuel tank for leaks and replace them if necessary. The recall is expected to begin the week of January 11. Owners can contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332.
No information about the recall has been posted on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle safety in the U.S.
Edmunds says: Owners of these cars should wait for their official recall notice and then schedule a service date with their Ford dealer. But if you have an immediate concern, it's best to contact your dealer now.