Ford recalls 450K Fusions, Milans for fuel tank issue

Michael Martinez
The Detroit News

Ford Motor Co. on Monday issued a recall for about 450,000 2010-11 Fusions and Mercury Milans for a potential issue with the fuel tank.

The Dearborn automaker said some of the vehicles might have a canister purge valve that does not work properly, causing internal pressure changes, which could lead to a crack, leaked fuel and potential fire if that fuel meets an ignition source.

The affected vehicles include Fusions and Milans built at the automaker’s Hermosillo Assembly Plant in Mexico from July 21 2008 through March 4, 2011. About 411,205 of the vehicles are in the United States, 33,605 are in Canada and 7,055 are in Mexico.

Ford is not aware of any accidents, injuries or fires related to the problem.

The automaker said dealers will update the powertrain control module software, inspect the canister purge valve and fuel tank for leaks and replace if necessary for free.

Ford on Monday also issued a recall for 13 2016 medium-duty F-650 trucks for an issue with the steering column. The “park” position mechanism in the automatic transmission could fracture, resulting in unintended vehicle movement. The vehicles were made at Ford’s Ohio Assembly Plant.

Dealers will replace the steering column and reconfigure the instrument panel at no cost to the customer, Ford said.

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