Ford Recalls 451,865 Vehicles Due to Defective Fuel Tanks

Ford will recall 451,865 Ford Fusions and Mercury Milans in North America due to a defective canister purge valve in the fuel tank.  This recall affects the 2010 and 2011 models of the above referenced vehicles.  Of the affected vehicles, approximately 411,205 vehicles are in the United States.  The vehicles affected were constructed at its Hermosillo Assembly Plant in Mexico.

The reason for the recall is that the affected vehicles have a purge valve that changes the pressure to change inside the gas tank.  Over time, as pressure increases and decreases, a crack can develop which can cause fuel to leak.  Ford is unaware of any accidents, injuries, or fires related to this issue at this time.

To remedy the problem, Ford dealers will update the powertrain control module software, inspect the valve and check the fuel tank for leaks.  At this time, no timetable has been set for the remedy of this defect.

Ford is no stranger to fuel tank and fuel leak issues.  Last November, Ford recalled over 180,000 Edge models due to fuel tank leaks caused by corrosion in the Salt Belt states.

Americans rely on manufacturers to provide a safe well-designed product.  Sadly, that is not often the case.  The Auto Defect Attorneys at The Brandi Law Firm have successfully represented many people injured from defective autos such as Toyotas, Fords, Chryslers, Hondas, GM, and their component parts. Additionally, we have successfully represented people injured by defective helmets, bicycles, motorcycles, fuel pumps, brakes, car seats, seat belts, air bags, table saws, pumps, industrial machinery used in the workplace, barbeques, heating systems, and numerous other household and industrial products.

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