Ford issues three new recalls covering 131,000 vehicles

David Shepardson
Detroit News Washington Bureau

Washington — Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday it is recalling about 131,000 vehicles in three new vehicles, including some older SUVs, for fire risks.

The Dearborn automaker is recalling 129,000 2009-10 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX SUVs in states that use road salt for rust problems under the reinforcement brackets where the fuel tank is mounted to the vehicle.

"This condition might result in a fuel odor, fuel leak or a check engine light. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source could result in a fire," Ford said, adding it is not aware of any accidents, injuries or fires related to the recall.

The recall includes vehicles sold or currently registered in Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin, and the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Quebec.

Dealers will inspect the fuel tank and either repair or replace it.

Ford also is recalling 1,900 2016 Ford Mustang vehicles in North America after some restraint parts could have been damaged during shipping from the supplier prior to installation in the vehicle. If damaged during shipping, the affected restraint parts might not conform to the requirements for seat belt assembly performance or rules on child restraint anchor systems.

Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue. Dealers will replace front and rear seat belt assemblies, rear seat buckle assemblies and child tethers.

Ford is also recalling 72 2016 Ford E-Series cutaway and chassis cab vehicles in North America for a possible issue with the trailer brake controller. Ford said the trailer brakes do not engage when the driver presses the brake pedal. While towing a trailer, drivers can manually apply the trailer brakes. This condition could result in extended braking distance.

Ford is not aware of any accidents related to the recall. Dealers will update the powertrain control module software.