Ford recalls address fuel tank, EcoBoost problems

9,421 Super Duty trucks, Taurus, Flex, Explorer and Lincoln MKT affected

Published: December 21, 2016, 8:55 PM
Updated: December 25, 2016, 7:23 AM

Ford Interceptor Utility vehicle

Ford is recalling its Super Duty pickups to fix a potentially sagging fuel tank, and its full-sized cars and crossovers for leaky turbochargers.

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Ford’s 2017 Super Duty trucks may have been produced without a fuel tank strap reinforcement, which might result in the fuel tank separating from the truck’s frame, shifting out of position and potentially drop to the road surface, which could result in a catastrophic fuel leak if the contact of metal on the surface were to cause a spark. Ford is not aware of incidents or injuries.

The recall affects 8,069 trucks, 964 of which are in Canada with the rest in the US and federalized territories. Owners are asked to return to a Ford dealership where the truck will be inspected to ascertain whether there is a reinforcement bracket on the No. 3 crossmember. If there isn’t, one will be installed.

2016 Ford Taurus

Ford is also recalling 2016 Taurus,2016-17 Flex, 2017 Explorer and Police Interceptor Utilities, and 2016-17 Lincoln MKTs, to inspect and replace (if needed) leaking turbocharger oil supply tubes on the 3.5-litre EcoBoost V-6.

The problem arises from improperly soldered tubes that may leak engine oil on the turbocharger and surrounding components, which in the presence of an ignition source could result in a fire under the hood, though Ford isn’t aware of any such fires or any other injuries.

The recall affects 1,352 vehicles, mostly in the US and federalized territories, with just 126 in Canada.

Dealers will inspect the turbocharger oil supply tubes and repair as necessary.