Recalls: Ford Fuel System, Steering Gear; Nissan Steering Column
Ford Edge, Explorer, Nissan NV200 Affected
This roundup of recalls affects a fairly small number of units, but constitute potentially serious issues that could impact driver safety. The first is a recall of 27,933 2012-2013 Ford Edge crossovers equipped with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine. Models built between September 2, 2010, and April 25, 2013, may have a faulty fuel line pulse damper that could crack due to a manufacturing defect. A cracked housing could result in fuel leakage and potential engine fire. Affected vehicles will get a replacement fuel line without a damper.
The 2011-2012 Ford Explorer is also being recalled for faulty replacement steering gears that were installed as service parts in September and October 2013. The gears may lock, causing interference with steering the vehicle. Only 300 vehicles are affected by this recall.
Finally, the Nissan NV200 gets two recalls. One affects only seven vehicles, and consists of an improperly reassembled steering column after vehicle inspection. The second is an electrical system recall affecting NV200 models built between February 6 and August 2, 2013. The wiring harness connecting the fusible link to the battery terminal could wear through its plastic covering, causing a battery terminal fuse to blow, shutting off the fuel pump, and causing the engine to stop running.
Concerned customers can contact Ford at 866-436-7332 for the Edge recall, and 800-392-3673 for the Explorer recall. Nissan owners can call 800-647-7261. The NHTSA vehicle safety hotline can also be reached at 888-327-4236.