Ford Motor Company has issued a recall for nearly 6,000 Ford Edge sport utility vehicles (SUVs) due to alleged safety hazards. According to the automaker, the SUVs pose a fire risk due to potential fuel leaks. 5,499 vehicles sold in the United States and 346 sold in Canada are reportedly part of the recall. The recall was issued after the company determined a metal housing on the fuel line pulse damper in 2012 Ford Edge SUVs manufactured with a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine may crack and cause a steady leak that could ignite.
A Ford spokesperson, Susan Krusel, stated that the company used warranty claims data in order to identify 12 fuel leak claims. She also said no injuries or fires were reported as a result of potential leaks. Owners of the affected vehicles should receive recall notices in the mail after September 24th. Ford dealerships will reportedly replace faulty parts as well as provide Edge owners with a rental vehicle during repairs.
Meanwhile, Ford has also issued a second recall of approximately 7,600 Ford Escape SUVs over reported fire risks. 2013 Escape models built with a 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine may rapidly leak engine coolant if a cup plug in the cylinder head becomes dislodged. A chemical in the coolant can potentially ignite after coming into contact with an overheated engine. Although no customers have reported engine fires, one SUV was allegedly extinguished on a dealer’s lot in Nashville, Tennessee. About 6,150 vehicles in the United States and 1,300 vehicles in Canada are affected by the recall.
The recent Ford Escape recall followed closely behind another recall of the same model. In July, approximately 11,500 2013 Ford Escapes were recalled after three vehicle fires were reported. Ford Motor Company reportedly asked owners to immediately stop driving their new vehicle due to the dangers associated with the fire risk. Also in July, the automaker recalled nearly all 2013 Escape SUVs over a carpet padding safety issue. The carpet padding reportedly made it difficult for drivers to fully press the brake.
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Fresenius Medical Care Accused of Failure to Warn Patients of Known GranuFlo and Naturalyte Risks, Texas Injury Lawyers Blog, August 30, 2012
FMCSA Makes Improvements to Compliance Safety Accountability Enforcement Program in Texas, Throughout Nation, Texas Injury Lawyers Blog, August 28, 2012
Ford recalls 5,800 2012 Edge SUVs for fire risks, by David Shepardson, The Detroit News
Recall: Third Time for 2013 Ford Escape, by Clifford Atiyeh, MSN Autos
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