It is not a particularly happy Monday for Ford Motor Co (NYSE:F). The automaker is recalling 465,000 of its 2013 models to assess their tanks after receiving 600 customer complaints of fuel tank leaks since March 31.
The models under inspection include the 2013 Ford Fusion, Flex, Explorer, Taurus, Interceptor Sedan, and Interceptor Utility, along with the 2013 Lincoln MKZ, MKS, and MKT. Replacement parts for the owners aren’t expected to be available before September.
While no reports of accidents or injuries related to the condition have been released, fuel tank leaks could result in a fire.
The recall, which accounts for 420,000 vehicles in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, with the rest overseas, comes in the wake of another disappointing recall for 80,000 2013 Fusions in December that was also attributed to engine leaks. An additional 19,000 Fusions were recalled in November due to problems cited with the lighting system. Despite its unfavorable recalls, the midsize Fusion sedan, redesigned last fall, continues to be one of the automaker’s best-selling vehicles.
Problems involving steering gears missing an internal retaining clip are also causing certain 2013 Fusions to be recalled, while Ford announced an additional separate recall of 500 of the Fusion’s companion model, the 2013 Lincoln MKZ sedan, for engine block heater problems.