US: Ford issues two safety recalls image

Ford has announced two recalls for the North American market, involving around 450,000 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan models and only 13 Ford F-650 trucks.

The first recall made by Ford is targeting approximately 450,000 2010-2011 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan vehicles for a potential issue with the fuel tank. Some of these models might have a canister purge valve that does not work properly, causing internal pressure changes inside the fuel tank. Repeated pressure changes inside the tank could result in a crack on the top of the tank, possibly allowing fuel to leak, a situation which can lead to a fire. Ford says it is not aware of any accidents, injuries or fires related to this problem. Affected vehicles include certain 2010-2011 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant from July 21, 2008 through March 4, 2011, and there are a total of approximately 451,865 cars that might be having this issue in North America, including 411,205 vehicles in the United States, 33,605 in Canada and 7,055 in Mexico. Dealers will update the powertrain control module software, inspect the canister purge valve and fuel tank for leaks and replace if necessary, at no cost for the customer.

The second recall involves 13 2016 F-650 trucks for an issue with the steering column. These vehicles were built with a steering column that uses the “park” position mechanism in the automatic transmission, a system that could break if the vehicle is on a grade, loaded and the shift lever is in park, potentially resulting in unintended movement. The affected F-650s were built at the Ohio Assembly Plant from July 29, 2015 through September 3, 2015. All trucks are located in the United States and will need a replacement of the steering column and a reconfiguration of the instrument panel.