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450,000 copies of the Ford Fusion/Mercury Milan recalled over fire risk

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On: Wed, Nov 25, 2015 at 12:28PM | By: Teddy Field

450,000 copies of the Ford Fusion/Mercury Milan recalled over fire risk

When the refreshed Ford Fusion / Mercury Milan debuted in 2010, they were hot cars. Midsize stalwarts like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord finally had serious American competition. And now the popular Ford twins could become 'hot' for another reason. A very bad reason...

Most modern vehicles have pressurized fuel systems, which helps to maintain fuel efficiency and emissions compliance. The pressure is maintained by numerous components, and they're all controlled by the car's ECU (computer). Now that you understand that bit, read on...

Ford just announced a recall for the 2010-2011 Ford Fusion/Mercury Milan. It seems that the cannister purge valve inside the fuel tank can malfunction. If this happens, the pressure inside the gas tank can change, which can eventually cause the top of the gas tank to crack. Obviously that can lead to a fuel leak, and a potential fire risk. But Ford says that no accidents, injuries, or fires have been reported.

This recall covers 451,865 copies of the 2010-2011 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan that were built at Hermosillo Assembly Plant in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexicofrom July 21, 2008 through March 4, 2011. Of those cars, 411,205 were sold in the United States, 33,605 in Canada, and 7,055 in Mexico. Ford will begin notifying these owners around the week of January 11, at which point, dealers will update the power train control module software, inspect the canister purge valve and fuel tank for leaks, then replace them if necessary. If you have questions or concerns, you can call Ford Customer Service at 866-436-7332.

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