Ford Recalls Edge and Lincoln MKX for Fuel Tank Brackets
You’re sick of reading them, we’re sick of writing them, but that doesn’t mean that recall notices aren’t important, particularly when they have to do with something as flammable as gasoline.
That’s the concern surrounding Ford’s recall of nearly 205,000 crossovers, affecting the 2007 and 2008 Ford Edge and its Lincoln MKX twin of the same years. In vehicles sold or registered in the “Rust Belt,” corrosion may appear under the reinforcement brackets where the fuel tank is mounted. That corrosion could result in a fuel leak, fuel odor, or illumination of the vehicle’s check engine light. As with any fuel leak, there’s a risk of fire if the fuel comes into contact with an ignition source.
Ford is aware of one vehicle fire that may or may not have to do with this recall; however, there are no reported injuries or deaths related to the fuel tank’s mounting brackets.
Ford will be recalling vehicles that are currently registered or were originally sold in coastal states and provinces in the Eastern U.S. and Canada, in addition to a few Midwestern states and provinces, particularly where corrosives are used to melt snow on roads. As with most recalls, Ford and Lincoln dealers will carry out the recall free of charge to vehicle owners.
If you feel like you’re reading more recall notices this year, you’re not imagining things. 2014 has been a record-breaking year for vehicle recalls. That’s annoying, but at the same time, we’re grateful that most automakers are owning up to their mistakes and trying to fix them. We’re hoping that quality control will be a higher priority for automakers from here on out.
Source: Ford Motor Company