Ford Recalls 420,000 Vehicles for Fuel, Oil Leaks

Possible fuel and oil leaks that could lead to engine fires or failures have prompted three recalls at Ford Motor Co.
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Possible fuel and oil leaks that could lead to engine fires or failures have prompted three recalls at Ford Motor Co.

The largest campaign affects 412,000 Ford Escape (2010-2012 models) and Mercury Mariner (2010-2011 models). All are equipped with 3.0-liter flex-fuel engines, and most of the vehicle are in North America. Ford says the midsize SUVs have fuel modules with flanges that could crack and allow fuel to seep out, thereby creating a fire hazard.

The company also is recalling about 8,000 Ford Shelby GT350/R Mustang sport coupes that could develop an oil leak. The high-power 2015-2017 models have defective engine oil cooler tube fittings that could loosen and leak. If the hose separates entirely, it would cause a sudden loss of engine oil and likely engine failure.

Finally, Ford is calling back about 200 of its Super Duty 6.7-liter diesel chassis cab trucks. Dealers will replace a shield that could come loose and allow road debris to jam open a drain valve on the engine’s fuel conditioning module. If that happens, air may enter the fuel system and cause the engine to run roughly. At the same time, a “substantial” fuel leak could develop and cause a fire, according to the company.

Ford reports no incidents involving any of the three leakage problems.

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