Ford Motor Co. has issued a recall on nine of its models for a possible fuel leak that could result in a car fire. The recall affects 390,783 Ford Explorer, Flex, Fusion, and Taurus models as well as some Lincoln MKS, MKT and MKZ models in the U.S. Only cars from the 2013 model year are affected. Some 2013 model Police Interceptor sedan models and utility vehicle models are also affected.
The recall stems from a problem with the fuel delivery module that can crack, resulting in a fuel leak, which could possibly cause a fire. Ford said that customers would most likely smell gasoline or observe fuel leaking onto the ground if there was a problem. No accidents, injuries or fires have been reported due to the problem.
Owners of all cars affected by the recall will be notified by mail by the manufacturer. Ford expects to begin replacing the problematic part in the affected vehicles July 15, 2013.
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