Ford have had to issue a global recall of 465,000 cars due to a leaky fuel tank which is causing concerns over the risk of fires breaking out after there were 600 complaints. The vehicles that are affected are: Explorer, Fusion, Police Utility, Taurus, Flex, MKS, MKZ, MKT, Police Interceptor and Lincoln that were manufactured in 2013. Unfortunately for those who hold a motor insurance policy for one of these vehicles, Ford have also announced that they actually won’t have enough parts to replace all of the faulty tanks until September. Considering it is only June, the running total of vehicles that Ford has recalled so far is 700,000.
This is just one more thing to add to the quality control, or lack of, list. 600 complaints were filed globally about the leaky fuel tank which obviously has some huge risks attached to it. It has been said that there are around 390,000 vehicles being recalled from America, 23,000 in Canada, 7,600 in Mexico and the rest are in Europe, Asia and South America.
Unfortunately for Ford, the accolades that they received for the Ford Fusion have now been tarnished by this recall. The company have said, “The condition could result in customers detecting a fuel odour, or in some cases, observe evidence of a fuel leak on the ground. While a fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire, there have been no reports of fires. We are not aware of any accidents or injuries attributed to this condition.” This isn’t the first time that the Fusion has been recalled either, 80,000 were recalled last December due to a similar problem and in November 19,000 were recalled so a lighting issue could be fixed.
The Lincoln MKT was redesigned and launched in 2013 and was said to be, “a suite of significant improvements that match or exceed more expensive, imported luxury class competitors,” although it is now having to be recalled.
Due to the volume of the vehicles that are being recalled, Ford doesn’t have enough stock to fix every owners vehicle straight away. Many will have to wait until September. Alan Mulally had said earlier on in the year that the recalls were not an issue for Ford but strengthened the fact that the quality of their product is important. He said, “We learned from every one of them.”