Ford calls back more than 400,000 Escape and Mercury Mariner SUVs for fuel leaks

Ford has ordered a trio of recalls affecting more than 400,300 SUVs in the United States, Canada, Mexico and in federalised territories.

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The company has issued a safety recall of 8,026 Ford Shelby GT350/R Mustang vehicles built between 24 February 2015 and 30 August 2016 due to potential oil leaks.

These vehicles were manufactured at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant and affect to 6523 cars in the USA, 957 vehicles in Canada, 346 in Mexico and 59 in federalised territories.

“Ford is issuing a safety recall for approximately 8,000 2015-17 Ford Shelby GT350/R Mustang vehicles for potential oil leaks and to replace the engine oil cooler tube assembly,” the company said in a press release.

“In affected vehicles, engine oil cooler tube assemblies may have insufficient crimps on the hose that could lead to a hose separation and an oil leak. Sudden loss of engine oil may result in engine failure, and – in the presence of an ignition source – could lead to a fire.”

The second recall of the day affects certain 2010-12 Ford Escape and 2010-11 Mercury Mariner vehicles equipped with 3.0-liter engines.

The company is calling back 400,000 of these vehicles for potential fuel leaks and to replace the fuel delivery module flange assembly.

“In affected vehicles, the fuel delivery module fuel supply port could develop a crack, causing a possible fuel leak. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may increase the risk of fire,” reads the press release.

The Ford Escape vehicles were manufactured at the Kansas City Assembly Plant, between 26 February 2009 and 29 April 2012, and Mercury Mariner vehicles built at the same plant between 25 February 2009 and 12 December 2010. Most of the affected vehicles are in the United States (411,663), while 69,576 are in Canada, 7,477 in Mexico and 247 in federalised territories.

The third recall refers to certain 2017 Ford Super Duty 6.7-liter diesel Chassis Cab vehicles built at Kentucky Truck Plant between 21 March and 28 August 2016.

“Ford is issuing a safety recall for approximately 180 2017 Ford Super Duty 6.7-liter diesel Chassis Cab vehicles to replace the adhesive-mounted protective shield currently installed on the fuel conditioning module with a bolt-on metallic protective shield. In affected vehicles, inadequate adhesion of the protective shield on the fuel conditioning module may allow it to be dislodged by road debris or water spray,” it says in the press release.

“If the protective shield is dislodged, road debris or water spray may force open the drain valve on the module. This can lead to air entering the fuel system or a substantial fuel leak. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may increase the risk of fire. In addition, under certain conditions, significant liquid fuel on the road surface may cause a slip hazard, increasing the risk of a crash.”

Ford said that there had been no reports of accidents and injuries linked to these issues, adding that repairs will be conducted free of charge at licensed Ford dealerships.

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