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Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator SUVs Recalled for Danger of Fires

Ford is recalling thousands of new Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator SUVs from the 2022 model year because they may leak fuel after a crash, which could cause a fire. According to Consumer Reports, this problem arose from a fuel filler tube that connects the gas tank to the gas cap. Because of a design defect, this tube could detach during a crash and cause a fuel leak.

Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator Recall Details

It may also detach when the vehicle is being operated normally, in which case drivers will notice a “check engine” light on the dashboard. Ford and Lincoln dealers will install an additional fastener to fix the problem. The fix is free of charge and will keep the fuel filler tube in place. The recall covers 2022 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator SUVs built between Dec. 6, 2021, and Jan. 3, 2022. The fuel filler tubes in these vehicles were not built to industry standards and therefore may detach, causing fuel leaks and potential fires. Ford is set to mail recall notifications to owners of affected vehicles starting April 4. If you are a concerned owner, call Ford at 866-436-7332.

The Danger of Fuel Leaks

Fuel leaks can be extremely dangerous, not just because they cause fires, but they could also create fuel spills that could create a slick surface for others on the roadway. With potential fires, there is the danger of burn injuries, smoke inhalation injuries, and even death. A fuel leak could potentially cause a fire or explosion if the vapors or gasoline come into contact with a heat source, which could be something as tiny as a spark. It is important to identify the signs of a fuel leak. Besides the smell of fuel, one additional sign you may notice is that you are burning through the fuel sooner than you did before. Another sign of a fuel leak is a rough idle, which means the vehicle is not smooth when the engine is running, but the vehicle is not in motion. You may also notice the excessive strain on your vehicle when attempting to start the engine.

If You Have Been Injured

If you or a loved one has been injured due to a vehicle defect, you may be able to seek compensation from the automaker by filing an auto product liability claim. An experienced auto defect lawyer will be able to guide you through the claim process and help ensure that you receive maximum compensation for your losses.   Source:

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