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According to The Detroit News, Ford is issuing three separate recalls on new 2013 models, one of which affects 465,000 vehicles. That largest recall comes as the result of 600 complaints of fuel leaks, which could lead to a fire risk, the report indicates. Included in the 465k-unit recall are the 2013 Explorer, Flex, Fusion, Taurus and Police Interceptor sedan, as well as the Lincoln MKS, MKT and MKZ.

According to Ford, in a statement obtained by the Detroit News, "The condition could result in customers detecting a fuel odor, or in some cases, observe evidence of a fuel leak on the ground." Ford continues, "While a fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire, there have been no reports of fires. We are not aware of any accidents or injuries attributed to this condition."

In addition to all of this, Ford is recalling 500 examples of its 2013 Lincoln MKZ equipped with engine block heaters. The Detroit News states that, according to Ford, the insulation on the engine block heater's electrical cord may crack in cold temperatures.

Lastly, an extra 23 Ford Fusion models are being recalled due to potential impairment or loss of steering control. The News says this is due to faulty steering gears that may have been built without an internal retaining clip.

Since launching, the 2013 Fusion has been the subject of a number of recalls, two of which have involved the potential for engine fires. The fresh-faced 2013 Lincoln MKZ has had its own share of problems, with early production woes leaving many dealers without cars. Instances like this are causing Ford to rethink its vehicle launch strategy, in which the automaker will work better to smooth out the new car launch process, with the goal being fewer quality issues and recalls.


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      godabarb
      • 2 Years Ago
      good luck - we have been ignored by Ford for years. beware of them
        crys
        • 4 Months Ago
        @godabarb

        What were your issues with ford? I ask because our hybrid caught fire while parked and not having been drove for a day or two. Ford took our car and we haven' heard from them either. Thank you!

          kshope77
          • 28 Days Ago
          @crys

          kshope77@aol.com

          I found this post while searching for problems for my neighbor. Today their Ford Fusion 1.5 Eco-boost  caught fire while sitting in their driveway. It's  a 2013 with 29,000 miles that they just bought used from a reputable dealer last week. The engine compartment, front seat area and front tires were completely destroyed. Is this similar to your experience>

          Any help you could give would be appreciated,

          Thanks

      Andrew Garcia
      • 2 Months Ago

      My 2013 Ford Fusion in the shop now for a cracked engine block. 4 months ago I had a transmission issue. I think this is my last and only ford. 

      Rokky
      • 7 Months Ago

      You clowns seem to have a confusion over the Fusion.

      This car with the 1.5 ecoboost power house is the darling of the highway.

      All makers are having recall problems because the parts maker are supplying most all makes with identical parts.

      But, for my money Ford gets on the problem post haste and takes care of the issues pronto.

      So if you wanta  4 door Mustang with great mileage and sweet looks then look no further then the Fusion.

      And its American made.  

      groingo
      • 2 Years Ago
      At least they live up to their name Fix Or Repair Daily.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @groingo
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        Ken the Great
        • 2 Years Ago
        @groingo
        wow, origional..............bet you drive a PRIUS.you wuss.
      Ken the Great
      • 2 Years Ago
      Jesus? Ford's quality has surpassed that of Totota,Honda & nissan for over 10 years.........how about you jsut be stupid elsewhere.....
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ken the Great
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          Dean Hammond
          • 2 Years Ago
          fun facts...which brand had the highest recalls in 2012................
          Dean Hammond
          • 2 Years Ago
          just saying WMB....no ones innocent when it comes to recalls...and thanks to someone having their hands ROYALLY slapped , ALL manufacturers are taking notice and handling issues, and NO manufacturer is innocent...none....That said theres so damn many recalls as of late they are getting to the point of being largely ignored.....and as complex as vehicles arre becoming, i doubt it will change....
          Dean Hammond
          • 2 Years Ago
          Personally, I dont think they are any better or worse than anyone else WMB, thats my point...like I said, drumroll..............check out the most recalled vehicles for 2012, funny, top two are considered benchmarks when it comes to \"reliability\"....and theres no defending here, ford DOES need to button things up.....
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      Ken the Great
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford has the BEST lineup out there right now, and the trolls seek to jump all over them, in spite of the facts............thats ok.....................anyone who still thinks the japanese cars are the best quality , are simply wrong.................
        That Guy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ken the Great
        Oh Ken, so ignorant. Ford quality has been in a steady decline since that idiot Alan Mulally took over. Mustang transmission issues, Egoboost issues, MyFord Touchy has been an absolute disaster and continues to be the worst pile of garbage ever fitted to a vehicle. The Escape has been recalled numerous times as has the Fusion. He Lincoln Fusion rebadge has bombed.....and has been recalled (after having numerous quality issues). Face it, Ford is crap. And their products are crap. No other way to honestly put it.
          gtv4rudy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @That Guy
          Just when everyone thought Ford was turning the corner, they fall back again.
      owen brown
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is just pathetic but typical Ford.
      Scooter
      • 2 Years Ago
      These new Ford cars are hott!
      jtav2002
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is why you should buy American vehicles. Oh, wait...
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        merlot066
        • 2 Years Ago
        Thanks for the shoutout moron, what's to defend? Ford is having issues, they're handling their issues in their own way. This doesn't make me happy as a Ford fan and stockowner but they're going to be just fine. I'll be more than happy to buy a new Ford for my next vehicle than any of the pitiful Hondas that are currently offered and Honda isn't exactly a beacon of perfection. The 2013 Civic had 3 major recalls for fuel leaks/fires, driveshaft separation, and steering failures, I don't remember hearing all about them on Autoblog though. The trolls love jumping on the Ford stories. It's easy to be jealous of the guy on top.
      Andrew
      • 2 Years Ago
      lol @ Ford. I wil stik with my RELIABLE GM cars
        m_2012
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andrew
        I wouldnt go that far. They get their parts from the same suppliers, most of them foreign.
      GR
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe they should of had Mazda design their new Fusion like they did the old one. Maybe then they could again enjoy Japanese-like reliability and keep up the quality momentum the previous model created for Ford's midsize offering. Other than styling, I don't really see a compelling reason to get the new Fusion. I have heard of more recalls related to this car than actual positive reviews. The new EcoBoost engines (for all models) seriously needs a generation to get the kinks worked out. With the new Mazda6 on the market and the excellent new Honda Accord, Ford better get their act together.
        Paul Weston
        • 2 Years Ago
        @GR
        they have one mass recall and one very tiny recall, how is that several...im a 2013 fusion se owner, and Id take this over any one of the above "imports" any day of the week
          merlot066
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Paul Weston
          GR, The Duratec 25 was modified from Mazda's design and built in Ford's own engine facilities. In statistics that separate the engines on the old Fusion, the V6 was always more reliable than the 4-cylinder and the Lincoln MKZ which exclusively used Ford's own Duratec 35 was even more reliable than the Fusion. Also, none of the recalls related to the Fusion/Escape with EcoBoost have been engine design related. One was for scored fuel lines another for a software issue and considering this only affects 2013 year vehicles it is probably also for a subpar part (my guess would be something to do with the fuel tank). Finally, the Ford/Fusion is "American" because it is inherently an American company/product. Ford was founded in 1903 in America and still houses the majority of its operational facilities in the United Sates. That's not to say that an Accord built in the USA isn't a good thing, but Ford is American and Honda is Japanese (same applies in Europe where Ford assembles most of its European vehicles in Europe, Ford is still considered an American carmaker). Also, I don't know where you're finding Mazda's reliability improving since they've ditched Ford parts. The first car not developed under the ownership of Ford is the CX-5 and that's only been on sale for a year.
          GR
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Paul Weston
          Paul, I am glad you like your car (really), but here's some facts about your car. If your SE has the Duratec 2.5 inline 4, congratulations, you have a Mazda-designed engine. The 2.5 inline 4 is a carryover from the previous Fusion and based on the Mazda MZR engine. Coincidentally, this engine is pretty reliable. I have tried to find the details on this latest Ford recall, but they don't list the engines the recall applies to. Given that it extends to other Ford models and Lincolns (all models which EcoBoost is offered), it's probably safe to assume it's for the EcoBoost engines and not the Duratec. Also, finally, some of the new Fusions are made in the USA. The all of the previous gen models and some of the current ones were/are made in Mexico. So who you calling "import"? The Honda Accord is made in the USA and probably has more US-sourced parts than your Ford. The new Mazda6 is indeed made in Japan. The previous one was made in the USA along side the Mustang. For a small Japanese brand, that's actually a good thing in my book. Coincidentally, since shedding Ford parts and building in Japan, Mazda has seen an increase in reliability ratings. Their new SkyActiv engines also get class-leading (and accurate as advertised) MPG figures and don't catch themselves on fire! Imagine that! Even if I smoked crack, I'd take a Mazda6 over a Fusion.
          m_2012
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Paul Weston
          Unless you have the 1.6, then its major. Buy a fire extinguisher and good insurance.
          GR
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Paul Weston
          Merlot, You seem to get the facts fuzzy. Have you ever carefully looked at a Duratec 2.5 inline 4 and a Mazda MZR 2.3 or 2.5? Ford did not modify it, they fully adopted the design. I used to own a Mazda3 with a 2.3 liter. I recently advised a friend to buy a used Mercury Milan with the Duratec 2.5. The engines were nearly IDENTICAL. In fact, I did a full tune-up for the Milan in addition to a coolant flush. The Milan's engine was so similar to my old Mazda's MZR 2.3 that it was like no notable difference at all. Also, the MOST reliable Fusions/MKZs were the hybrids, NOT the V6's. Coincidentally, the hybrids were packed with Japanese components! In fact, the bulk of the Fusions sold were the 4 cylinders and the Fusions enjoyed great reliability for those. Not sure where you got the V6 reliability figure. Not to mention the Mazda3 and Mazda6 which used the same MZR-based 4 cylinder engines also enjoyed very good reliability. Don't forget that Mazda, Ford, Mercury, and Lincoln used these engines. Not saying the Ford V6 was bad, but the good reliability of the Fusion and its based cars were from the Mazda-designed components. Also, your argument for Ford as "American" and Honda as "import" is rather weak. Yes, it's obvious that Ford is originally from the US, but to buy a Mexican-made Ford or Canadian-made Chevy and claim patriotism is idiotic. ALL car makers are global corporations and they are in alliance to profits, not their countrymen. They go where they can to find the cheapest labor, lowest taxes and tariffs, and production costs. It amuses me when Americans are apologists for "American" cars made in other countries and go calling made-in-USA cars of non-US brands as "imports". Ford still produces cars and parts in Mexico for lower operating costs and to avoid the UAW. Also, you need to check your stats on the non-Ford Mazdas. Both Consumer Reports and J.D. Power have noted better reliability for the newer Mazdas. The newer Mazda3s are more reliable than the previous generation models. Like I mentioned before, I used to own a Mazda3. It was a 2005 with a manual transmission. The reason I don't own it anymore is because I was tried of the poor quality of the Ford-sourced parts. It's a common gripe with Mazda owners in the forums. The car had an engine mount go out (known issue for first gen models). What do you know? FoMoCo is stamped on the part. The car's wheel bearings went out at 65,000 miles. Again FoMoCo stamped on them. I got them replaced at the dealer. 26,000 miles later (yes, 26k), they went out again. I replaced them with aftermarket bearings. The best parts of the car were the Mazda-designed MZR engine mated to a Mazda 5 speed manual on the Mazda-designed chassis. Unfortunately, all the other Ford components were eating away at the car's durability. I have owned a number of Made in Japan Japanese cars and the Mazda3, while still a great car, was the least reliable. It was also the only car where Big 3 parts were in it.
          Dean Hammond
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Paul Weston
          GR, you sure about that, if anything they were jointly developed.... the Duratec 2.5 in the newer \"Fords\" are pretty much the same as the KL except for upgraded pistons, head internals and intake manifold. A headgasket for a KL motor is the same for a Duratec.
        Ken the Great
        • 2 Years Ago
        @GR
        hahhhhahaha yeah we know how great the japs are in reliability! face it, the jap cars have SUCKED since the early 90's................... the fusions have been very reliable............... the eco-boost is LOVED by their owners............the Mazda shares parts with the Fusion, and the Hnda civic? lmfao.read its reviews.......... Ford has a class act.................honda? 3rd place sucks.
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