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From Products Liability Law Daily, November 23, 2015

Ford recalls over 451,000 vehicles for fuel tank, steering column issues

By John Dumoulin

Ford Motor Company has issued two safety recalls in North America for approximately 451,878 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan vehicles and Ford F-650 trucks for fuel tank and steering column issues, according to a press release issued by Ford. The company said it is not aware of any accidents, injuries, or fires related to these conditions (Ford Press Release, November 23, 2015).

Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan vehicles. Ford has recalled approximately 451,865 2010-2011 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan vehicles built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant from July 21, 2008, through March 4, 2011, over a potential issue with the fuel tank. According to Ford, some of these vehicles might have a canister purge valve that does not work properly, causing internal pressure changes inside the fuel tank. Ford went on to say that repeated pressure changes inside the tank could result in a crack on the top of the tank, possibly allowing fuel to leak and that a fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source can lead to a fire. This recall involves approximately 411,205 vehicles in the United States and federalized territories, plus about 33,605 vehicles in Canada and 7,055 in Mexico.

Ford F-650 trucks. Ford has recalled 13 F-650 trucks built at the Ohio Assembly Plant from July 29, 2015, through September 3, 2015, over an issue with the steering column. Ford said the F-650 vehicles were built with a steering column that uses the “park” position mechanism in the automatic transmission and that the park mechanism could fracture if the vehicle is on a grade, the vehicle is loaded, and the shift lever is in park, potentially resulting in unintended vehicle movement. All these vehicles are located in the United States.

Remedies. For the potential fuel tank issue in the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan vehicles, Ford said dealers will update the powertrain control module software, inspect the canister purge valve and fuel tank for leaks and replace them if necessary, at no cost to the customer. For the steering column issue in the F-650 vehicles, dealers will replace the steering column and reconfigure the instrument panel at no cost to the customer, according to the company.

Contact information. Owners may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to

Companies: Ford Motor Co.

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