Ford Recalls 2013 Models Over Fuel Tanks, Fire Risks
A trio of Ford recalls have been issued on new 2013 models, reports The Detroit News. The largest of the three recalls concerns fuels leaks. A second recall involves potentially cracked engine block heater electrical cords. The final recall addresses possible steering control issues.
Here is some extra information on each of the Ford recalls:
Recall #1: Fuel Leaks
The largest recall, affecting 465,000 vehicles, resulted from 600 complaints of fuel leaks, which could lead to a fire risk, the report indicates. Fortunately, no fires have been reported thus far.
Included in 465k-unit recall are the 2013 Explorer, Flex, Fusion, Taurus and Police Interceptor sedan, as well as the Lincoln MKS, MKT and MKZ.
If you own a recalled model, watch out for a fuel odor, or in some cases, evidence of a fuel leak on the ground.
Recall #2: Cracked Electrical Cords
Ford is recalling 500 units of its 2013 Lincoln MKZ equipped with engine block heaters.
According to Ford, the insulation on the engine block heater's electrical cord may crack in cold temperatures, The Detroit News reports.
Recall #3: Steering Control Flaws
The third and final recall involves 23 Ford Fusion models. The vehicles are being recalled due to potential impairment or loss of steering control. This may be due to faulty steering gears that may have been built without an internal retaining clip, The Detroit News reports.
Consumers can learn more about the recall on Ford's website. If you aren't sure whether your vehicle is affected, you can type in your vehicle's VIN number on the website. You can also call Ford at (866) 436-7332 in the United States.
If you have been injured from one of the defects, you may have a right to recall remedies. You may be able to collect damages both for your physical injuries as well as monetary compensation to replace your car. Contact a products liability attorney in your area to learn your rights.
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