465,000 Ford cars recalled: what it means for you

Ford Fusion

Ford has announced that it is recalling 465,000 cars around the world, after it received over 600 complaints from customers about leaky fuel lines. To make matters worse, it doesn't have spare parts to repair all the cars it is recalling.

So what does it mean for you?
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Which cars?

The models affected are all the 2013 models of the Fusion, Explorer, Taurus, Flex, Police Utility, Police Interceptor, and the Lincoln MKS, MKT and MKZ.

The BBC reported that the vast majority of them were sold in the US - where 390,000 of the vehicles are based. There's another 23,000 in Canada and 7,600 in Mexico. The other 45,000 are spread around the world, including the UK.

The Ford Fusion is one of the most popular new Ford models in the UK, so there are likely to be thousands of people affected.

The risk

The problem is a leak in the fuel delivery module. According to the Detroit News, which broke the story, a Ford Spokeswoman said: "The condition could result in customers detecting a fuel odor, or in some cases, observe evidence of a fuel leak on the ground. While a fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire, there have been no reports of fires. We are not aware of any accidents or injuries attributed to this condition."

To make matters worse, according to the Daily Mail, the company doesn't have enough replacement parts to repair them all immediately, so some customers will have to wait until September for a repair. However, the company has not suggested that there is any issue in driving the vehicles until replacement parts are available.

Ford also took the opportunity to recall 500 Lincoln MKZ cars in the US and Canada, because of a problem with the engine block heaters which can crack in cold weather. It also recalled 23 Ford Fusions in The US, Canada and Mexico, to fix steering gears which were made without a vital internal retaining clip.

What should you do?

If your car is affected, you will receive a letter, requesting that you have the car seen by a dealership as soon as possible. In the interim, if you are worried, you can call your local Ford dealer and ask if your car is affected. Alternatively you can input your car details online and Ford will tell you if there are any outstanding recalls on your car.

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Recalls

It's the latest in a long line of recalls at Ford. Last year it recalled 1.4 million vehicles. This year it has already recalled 700,000. This is not the first time the Fusion has been the subject of a recall either. Towards the end of 2012 there was a recall over faulty headlamps and another for leaks in the coolant system.

It is far from the only motor company facing massive recalls. In April this year, Honda, Toyota, Mazda and Nissan were forced to recall 3.4 million cars around the world because of a problem with an airbag inflator.

Last month Nissan recalled another 800,000 over a problem with a bolt in the steering wheel. Toyota, meanwhile recalled 2.7 million vehicles in November 2012 over a steering wheel fault and 7.43 million in October over a problem with window switches.

The car companies say they learn vital lessons from every recall. The question is how much more learning do these companies need to do?

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