Fuel Tank, Steering Flaws Prompt Pair of Recalls from Ford

Fuel Tank, Steering Flaws Prompt Pair of Recalls from Ford
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November 23, 2015

Ford Motor Company has announced two new recalls due to fuel tank and steering column issues.

First, the automaker is voluntarily recalling for about 450,000 2010-2011 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan vehicles. Some of these vehicles 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 fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source can lead to a fire.

Ford is not aware of any accidents, injuries or fires related to this condition.

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 to the customer.

Next, Ford is recalling 13 F-650 trucks. These vehicles were built with a steering column that uses the "park" position mechanism in the automatic transmission.

In these vehicles, the park mechanism could fracture if the vehicle is on a grade, loaded and the shift lever is in park, potentially resulting in unintended vehicle movement.

Dealers will replace the steering column and reconfigure the instrument panel at no cost to the customer.

Owners with questions about these recalls can contact Ford customer service at (800) 392-3673.