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Apr 22 2013

FORD / 2012-2013 LINCOLN / 2012 Fuel Tank May Leak At Seam

Posted in Community Service, Product Liability

Technorati code: V74FEFD9HX7F Products manufactured according to substandard standards may inadvertently cause extensive injury or death to its owner, says Alabama liability attorney Keith T. Belt .

Ford Motor Co. revealed that it would recall 2012 Ford Taurus and the 2012 Lincoln MKS sedans as well as the 2013 Ford Explorer sport utility vehicle (SUV) in order to fix their fuel tanks that can leak after a crash.

Ford manufactured the recalled vehicles at its Chicago assembly plant. The company built Taurus and MKS models between Jul 2011 and Jan 2012 and the Explorer SUV in Mar 2012. In the affected vehicles, the fuel tanks may have a marginally sealed seam in the side of the tank. As a result, the fuel tanks may not provide the expected strength in the event of an impact. The tanks may also leak due to normal driving and off road use.
Owners should be aware that a fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire or explosion of the fuel tank.
So far, Ford received six reports of tanks with a fuel odor or leak due to the problem. However, the automaker is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with it.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the fuel tanks and replace them as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 22, 2013. Ford’s recall campaign number is 13S03. Owners may contact Ford Motor Company Customer Relationship Center at 1-866-436-7332.

 

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