Ford Issues Trio Of Recalls Over Fire Risks, Leaks

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Vehicles are not supposed to leak fuel or oil. Still, several models of Ford vehicles apparently include those issues, leading the carmaker to announce three recalls covering nearly 500,000 vehicles. 

Ford on Wednesday released yet another batch of recalls for unrelated issues in several models of its cars.

The first recall covers approximately 8,026 model year 2015-17 Ford Shelby GT350/R Mustang vehicles that could contain a potential oil leak.

In affected vehicles, the engine oil cooler tube assemblies may have insufficient crimps on the hose that could lead to a hose separation and an oil leak.

According to Ford, a sudden loss of engine oil may result in engine failure, and – in the presence of an ignition source – could lead to a fire.

The carmaker is not aware of any fires, accidents, or injuries related to the issue. Dealers will replace the engine oil tube assembly.

The second, larger recall covers nearly 400,000 model year 2010 to 2012 Ford Escape and 2010 to 2011 Mercury Mariner vehicles equipped with 3.0-liter engines that may contain issues with fuel delivery systems.

Ford says the fuel delivery module supply port could develop a crack, causing a possible fuel leak. Again, a fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may increase the risk of fire.

The carmaker says it also isn’t aware of any accidents or injuries related to the second recall. Dealers will replace the fuel delivery module flange assembly.

The final, and smallest, recall covers 182 model year 2017 Ford Super Duty 6.7-liter diesel Chassis Cab vehicles with midship fuel tanks.

The vehicles may include inadequate adhesion of the protective shield on the fuel conditioning module that could allow it to be dislodged by road debris or water spray.

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, according to Ford.

Once again, if a fuel leak occurs and an ignition source is present, a fire could take place. Additionally, Ford warns that under certain conditions, significant liquid fuel on the road surface may cause a slip hazard, increasing the risk of a crash. The carmaker is unaware of any accidents or injuries related to the issue.

Dealers will replace the fuel conditioning module bottom cover with a metallic protective shield.

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