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2016 Ford Explorer Among Vehicles Recalled for Fire Risk

2016 Ford Explorer Among Vehicles Recalled for Fire Risk

DEARBORN, Michigan – Ford is recalling 251 vehicles in North America, including the 2016 Ford Explorer, 2015 Ford Taurus and 2015 Lincoln MKS because a possible fuel leak can pose a fire risk, the automaker said on Wednesday.

The vehicles are being recalled for a “potential issue with the fuel tank attachment bolts that might not have been tightened properly,” Ford said in a statement.

It added: “As a result, the fuel tank straps could fracture after an extended period of time, causing the fuel tank to separate from the vehicle, leading to a fuel leak. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source can lead to a fire.”

Ford said it is not aware of any accidents, injuries or fires linked to the recall.

The affected vehicles were built on July 24, 2015 at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant.

Ford dealers will properly tighten the fuel tank attachment bolts. The recall is expected to begin the week of October 19. Owners can contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332.

No information about the recall has been posted on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle safety in the U.S.

Edmunds says: Owners of these vehicles should schedule a service appointment with their Ford dealer once they receive their official recall notice. But if you have an immediate concern, it’s best to contact your dealer now.

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