Ford is recalling almost 452,000 medium-sized cars in which the gas tanks can potentially leak fuel and pose a fire hazard. According to Detroit News report, the recall involves 2010-11 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan vehicles. The automaker stated in a filing to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that some of these 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 the fuel meets an ignition source.
The affected vehicles include Fusion and Milan cars manufactured at Ford’s Hermosillo Assembly Plant in Mexico from July 2008 to March 2011. About 411,205 vehicles that are part of the recall are in the United States. Ford has said it is not aware of any accidents, fires or injuries related to the problem. When the recall begins, dealers will update the powertrain control module software, inspect the canister purge valve and fuel tank for leaks. They will replace faulty parts at no cost to consumers.
The Danger of Car Fires
The risk of a car fire is significantly heightened when there is a fuel leak. The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), approximately one in seven fires in the country is a vehicle fire. Nearly 86 percent of highway vehicle fires occurred in passenger vehicles. Also, 61 percent of highway vehicle fires and 35 percent of fatal highway vehicle fires originated in the engine, running gear and wheel area of the vehicle. The leading cause of highway vehicle fires was mechanical failure.
Understanding the Vehicle Recall Process
When an automaker issues a recall, letters are sent out to vehicle owners alerting them abut the problem and instructing them to take their vehicles to a dealership to have the repairs made at no cost. Automakers have 60 days to notify owners after alerting NHTSA. If your vehicle has been recalled for a fuel leak or a fire risk, it may be in your best interest to park it outside and away from any structures until the repairs have been made.
If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a defective vehicle, please contact an experienced auto product liability lawyer who will ensure that your legal rights and best interests are protected, and that the negligent automaker is held accountable. The best auto defect law firms always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.