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Ford recalls nearly half a million cars for fuel tank troubles

The Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan require fixes after the automaker discovered the potential for a fire.

2011 Ford Fusion

Even if it's a small one, any fuel leak presents a viable fire hazard and requires addressing immediately.


Ford Motor Company has issued a recall covering approximately 450,000 passenger cars for a fuel leak that could turn into a fire risk. The affected vehicles include the 2010-2011 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan midsize sedans.

The issue exists within the fuel system -- specifically, the canister purge valve. This purge valve is responsible for sending excess fuel vapor to the engine for combustion. On the aforementioned Ford vehicles, this valve might function improperly, leading to changing fuel pressures inside the fuel tank itself. Repeated pressure changes can cause the fuel tank to crack and leak, and leaking fuel is a massive fire risk. Thankfully, Ford is not aware of any fires that have occurred as a result of this defect.

The company already has a fix for the problem. Dealers will inspect both the fuel tank and purge valve, replacing any necessary parts. They will also update the powertrain control module's software to prevent undue pressure buildups in the future.

The 451,865 vehicles covered under this recall were built at Ford's Hermosillo Assembly Plant in Sonora, Mexico, between July 21, 2008 and March 4, 2011. Registered owners should look for incoming mail related to the recall.