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Fire risks prompt Ford to recall 9,300 vehicles

Keith Laing
DetroitNews-Unknown

Washington — Ford Motor Co. is recalling 9,300 vehicles that are at risk of catching fire due to problems with the fuel tank straps and oil supply tubes.

The Dearborn company said Wednesday that it is recalling approximately 8,000 2017 Ford Super Duty vehicles and 1,300 2016 Ford Taurus, 2016-17 Flex, 2017 Explorer and Police Interceptor Utility and 2016-17 Lincoln MKT vehicles with 3.5-liter GTDI engines to inspect and replace fuel tank straps and turbocharger oil supply tubes that could spark fires.

The vehicles included in the Super Duty recall have problems with the fuel tank straps, and the cars that are involved in the second callback have issues with the oil supply tubes.

Ford said of the affected Super Duty vehicles that were recalled Wednesday: “Over time, a missing reinforcement could lead to a fuel tank strap separating from the frame, resulting in the fuel tank moving out of position and potentially contacting the ground, increasing the risk of a fuel leak. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may increase the risk of fire.”

The company added of vehicles that are included in the oil supply tube recall that was also issued Wednesday, “Improperly brazed turbocharger oil supply tubes may leak engine oil on the turbocharger and surrounding components. An oil leak in the presence of an ignition source may increase the risk of fire.”

Ford said it is not aware of any injuries that have been linked to either recalled item.

The company said its dealers will fix the issues with fuel straps and oil supply tubes for free.

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