A Ford recall of 2007 Ford Five Hundred and Mercury Montego sedans has been announced to repair faulty fuel tanks.
Ford Motor Co. is recalling the 2007 sedans to fix a fuel-tank problem that could lead to leaks and the possibility of a fire, USA Today reports.
The nearly 3,000 sedans may have bad welds where the fuel filler neck meets the fuel tank, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website, and in a severe rear impact, the bad weld could fail and cause a fire.
While the recall involves a relatively small number of cars, it stands out because it pertains to a flaw that could cause fuel fires.
The recalled cars were built from Sept. 5 to Sept. 11, 2006.
In some cases the joints may not have adequate strength to withstand severe rear-impact collisions. The joints could crack, allowing vapor and fuel to leak. Symptoms of the problem could include a fuel odor or an illuminated emissions-malfunction light. Leaking fuel could cause a fire if an ignition source is present.
Some may have already been fixed because if the leak occurs, it can cause fuel odor, visible leakage or set off the emissions warning light, The Wall Street Journal reports. Ford will reimburse owners who paid for the fix. They can make a claim when they get the recall letter starting Aug. 15.
Under the recall, dealers will replace the fuel tank free of charge. Owners can reach Ford’s customer service center at 866-436-7332.