Washington — Ford Motor Co. is recalling 408,000 cars that are at risk of catching fire due to oil and gas leaks.
The Dearborn-based company issued three separate recalls for cars that have problems with their oil and fuel systems. Among the problems reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are faulty engine oil cooler tube assemblies that Ford said may have insufficient crimps on the hose that could lead to a hose separation and an oil leak.
The company said the problem, which impacts approximately 8,000 2015-17 Ford Shelby GT350/R Mustang vehicles, “may result in engine failure, and — in the presence of an ignition source — could lead to a fire” if there is a sudden loss of oil in the engine.
Ford issued a separate recall for approximately 400,000 2010-12 Ford Escape and 2010-11 Mercury Mariner vehicles equipped with 3.0-liter engines that the company said have fuel delivery module fuel supply port could crack, causing a possible fuel leak.
“A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may increase the risk of fire,” Ford said.
Ford also recalled 80 2017 Ford Super Duty 6.7-liter diesel Chassis Cab vehicles, saying the affected vehicles have “inadequate adhesion of the protective shield on the fuel conditioning module may allow it to be dislodged by road debris or water spray.
“If the protective shield is dislodged, road debris or water spray may force open the drain valve on the module,” the company said. “This can lead to air entering the fuel system or a substantial fuel leak. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may increase the risk of fire. In addition, under certain conditions, significant liquid fuel on the road surface may cause a slip hazard, increasing the risk of a crash.”
Ford said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with the issues that led to the recalls that were announced on Wednesday.
The company said its dealers will fix the affected cars for free.