Ford has issued a wide-ranging recall on several models due to faulty fuel tanks.
The models affected by the latest recall include the 2012 Lincoln MKS and its 2012 Ford Taurus sibling, as well as the 2013 Ford Explorer.
The recall only affects vehicles manufactured from July 19, 2011, through March 15, 2012, of which there are some 3,037 units in the country.
According to Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F], the fuel tanks on these vehicles may have a marginally sealed seam in the side of the tank.
As a result, the fuel tanks may not provide the expected strength in the event of a crash. There’s also the possibility that they may leak.
In both cases, a vehicle fire is a possibility.
Ford is in the process of contacting owners. They will be asked to take their vehicles to their nearest Ford or Lincoln dealership, which will inspect the fuel tanks and replace them if necessary, free of charge.
For further information you can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 1-888-327-4236 (reference recall campaign number 13V109000) or Ford at 1-866-436-7332.