Leaky Turbos, Unsecured Fuel Tanks Complete Today's Ford Recalls
Ford Motor Company has issued two safety-related recalls for around 9,400 North American vehicles, with both issues posing a fire risk.
The automaker is ordering back over 8,000 2017 Super Duty trucks that lack proper fuel tank strap reinforcements, in addition to roughly 1,300 other vehicles equipped with 3.5-liter EcoBoost engines.
Both safety issues carry an increased risk of fire for the affected units. Ford claims it is not currently aware of any fires, accidents or injuries related to the problems.
Improperly brazed turbocharger oil supply tubes were installed on 1,352 vehicles using Ford’s 3.5-liter GTDI engine, resulting in a poor fit that could leak engine oil onto the turbo and surrounding components. The company is concerned that, with the presence of an ignition source, the lubricant could start a fire. The affected models include 2016 Ford Taurus sedans, 2016-17 Flex crossovers, 2017 Explorers or Police Interceptor Utilities, and 2016-17 Lincoln MKT SUVs.
About 1,157 are in the U.S., while 126 are in Canada. Six more are in federalized territories.
The affected 2017 Super Duty trucks are missing reinforcement brackets that could lead to a fuel tank strap breaking away from the frame. The problem could cause the front of the fuel tank to make contact with the ground — damaging the tank and creating a fire hazard stemming from a fuel leak.
Affected vehicles include approximately 8,069 Ford Super Duty pickups assembled at Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant between August 10, 2016 and September 17, 2016. Of the recalled units, 7,103 are in the United States, 964 more in Canada, and two are in federalized territories.
Ford dealers will install the correct parts for both recalls free of charge.
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