Ford is recalling certain 2012 Taurus, 2013 Explorer and 2012 Lincoln MKS models over fuel tank concerns. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, vehicles built between July 19, 2011 and March 15, 2012 may have been built with fuel tanks that have a "marginally sealed seam" on the side. Those seams may not provide the strength necessary to protect the tank from rupture during a collision. They may also leak. The recall covers a total of 3,037 vehicles. NHTSA says that leaked fuel, in the presence of an ignition source, could easily cause a fire.

Dealers will inspect the tanks and replace them as need be free of charge. Owners can expect to be notified once the campaign begins on or around April 22, 2013. You can read the full NHTSA recall notice below for more information.
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Report Receipt Date: MAR 27, 2013

NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V109000

Component(s): FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

Potential Number of Units Affected: 3,037

Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company

SUMMARY:
Ford is recalling certain model year 2012 Taurus, Lincoln MKS, and model year 2013 Explorer vehicles manufactured July 19, 2011, through March 15, 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.

CONSEQUENCE:
A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire.

REMEDY:
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.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      Get a life
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ford is really on fire....
      Huge Dick!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Brings back memories of Pinto's exploding everywhere.
      Andrew
      • 1 Year Ago
      Quality Job 1... yea... right
      Tomaz D Hill
      • 1 Year Ago
      And people pick on Chrysler for fire problems of two models (challenger/ram). Ford owns that department....
      Jack
      • 1 Year Ago
      Holy crap, Ford! What is it with Ford and fire? If you sold a bottle of water, it would probably get recalled for fire problems! Get your act together. guys.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Karl Henry
      • 1 Year Ago
      You guys with negative comments need to get a life, these parts weren't manufacturer by ford itself, they were purchased from suppliers. Its an unfortunate situation but all manufacturers have recalls. Recall means a problem has been identified and corrective measures are being implemented. No cost to the owners of course. You keyboards bullies need to get out of your parents basement more often.
        Dark Gnat
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Karl Henry
        I'd venture a guess that they use Ford design specifications.
          merlot066
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dark Gnat
          Ford design specifications weren't to make a small batch of them incorrectly...
      Jesus!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not surprised. Bought one of these for my gma. What a piece of crap. Paint cracking, interior rattles, cheap fake wood scratches way to easy, interior space is ridiculous for a large car, doors sound like crap when closing unlike most other fords, brakes are weak, air conditioner is obnoxiously loud and affects engine(feels like a surge), and the known trunk defect where the paint rubs off on the bumper from the trunklid being close. So this recall does not surprise me. Chicago plant couldnt build a car right if they tried. Only redeeming qualities are the looks, trunk space, extremely excellent gas mileage, and gadgets n gizmos inside. Would I buy another? Doubtful.
        GN
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jesus!
        Wow that sounds awful. People should be more aware of this before buying a Ford.
        Jesus!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jesus!
        Oh I almost forgot. Had to have two..yes TWO interior door handles replaced. Apparently that is an issue as well on others. Look I have been a Ford guy all my life but when the 2000 Taurus is outlasting the 2012, we have problems people. My next purchase will be Chrysler/Dodge or Chevy, preferrably a new Charger or Impala.
        Jesus!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jesus!
        Oh by the way this is a 2012 Taurus I am talking about.
        The_Zachalope
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jesus!
        This isn't a Chicago issue, it's a supplier issue.
          Jesus!
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The_Zachalope
          Did you read the rest lof the issues the car has had? Chicago does not know how to build or inspect a vehicle correctly.
      Drachen
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just FYI, Ford doesn\'t make their own gas tanks (nor do any other major automaker, I suspect.) Subcomponents like gas tanks are usually farmed out to third-party vendors, who are contractually obligated to maintain certain quality standards. If the vendor fails to meet those criteria, at the very least its management will be called onto the carpet for an ass-whupping as well as penalized financially. If the screw-up is big enough, then the vendor can expect the business to be awarded to a competitor. 3037 tanks sounds like a single-day\'s output for a vendor, who is probably producing several hundred thousand tanks per year. So, chalk it up to a faulty sensor on a blow-mold machine, or a bad batch of plastic, or any number of other possible issues, and be happy that this is 2013 and not 1973 and that automakers now notifiy the public of possible defects in their products before anyone gets hurt. And BTW, don\'t expect every manufacturer to physically inspect every component from every subcontractor for every vehicle, unless you\'re willing to pay $100K for a Fiesta.
        The_Zachalope
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Drachen
        It's just surprising that the time-frame of these vehicles is immediately after Plastic Omnium/Inergy Automotive Systems bought the fuel tank plant from Visteon/ACH, so it'd be interesting if there was some changes in the APQP or poor engineering direction made which caused this issue. But you're right. There are hundreds of issues which could have lead to this, and the plant that makes all these tanks actually has a pretty decent quality record.
      jammyjo
      • 1 Year Ago
      3,000 cars. In the old days, this just would have been called an "Oops".
      yellowneck24
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's like a recall a week for Ford, way to go! Time to sell my Ford stock and my '13 Edge Sport.
      Karl Henry
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ford is on the right track and is frantic about getting Lincoln where it needs to be. I just purchased more shares of the company because the fundamentals are heading in the right direction. Long live Ford and all American auto companies.
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