Ford recalls Fusion and Milan vehicles over leaking fuel tanks

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Ford Motor Company is recalling certain model year 2010-2011 Ford Fusion vehicles manufactured July 21, 2008, to March 4, 2011, and 2010-2011 Mercury Milan vehicles manufactured July 23, 2008, to December 10, 2010. The affected vehicles have fuel vapor canisters whose purge valves may not operate properly resulting in abnormal pressure changes in the fuel tank.

The pressure changes may cause the tank to crack and leak fuel. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire.

Approximately 411,000 vehicles are affected by the recall

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will update the vehicle powertrain control modules and inspect the vehicle for any diagnostic trouble codes for this issue and perform a leak test on the Canister Purge Valve. The fuel tank will be inspected for cracks. The CPV and fuel tank will be replaced as necessary. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 11, 2016.

 

Ford recalls 2011-2012 Ford Fusion, Taurus, Flex, Lincoln MKZ and Mercury Milan vehicles over potential failure of electric power steering assist systems

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Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Ford Fusion vehicles without a 3.5L engine and Lincoln MKZ hybrid electric vehicles, 2011 Mercury Milan vehicles, 2011-2012 Ford Taurus, Ford Flex, Lincoln MKS, and Lincoln MKT vehicles equipped with a 3.5L GTDI engine and 2013 Ford Taurus, Ford Flex, Lincoln MKS, and Lincoln MKT vehicles equipped with any available engine. The affected vehicles have electric power steering assist systems that may shut down as a result of a steering motor sensor fault.

If the vehicle experiences a loss of power steering assist, extra steering effort will be required at lower speeds, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

Approximately 393,623 vehicles are affected by the recall.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will check the Power Steering Control Module (PSCM) for Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTC). If dealers find any loss of steering assist DTCs, the steering gear will be replaced, free of charge. If, no codes are found during the PSCM inspection, the PSCM software will be updated, free of charge.

Ford recalls 2013-2014 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles over defective seats.

Ford Motor Company is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ vehicles manufactured August 15, 2012, through September 10, 2013, 2013-2014 Ford Escape vehicles manufactured June 5, 2012, through August 12, 2013, and 2013-2014 Ford C-Max vehicles manufactured from July 23, 2012, through May 28, 2013.

This recall will affect approximately 43,000 vehicles. According to the recall, the driver and passenger seatback assemblies may have been produced with sub-standard weld joints used to attach the seat back recliner mechanism to the seat frame.

The affected seat backs may have insufficient strength to meet the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. As a result of the defect, the back of the subject seats may become loose or lean while driving and potentially increase the risk of injury in certain crashes.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the seatback, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin around May 19, 2014.

Ford Motor Co recalls Explorer, Taurus, Flex, Fusion, Police Interceptor Sedan and Police Interceptor Utility vehicles

Ford is recalling certain model year 2013 Explorer, Taurus, Flex, Fusion, Police Interceptor Sedan and Police Interceptor Utility vehicles; and certain model year 2013 Lincoln MKS, MKT, and MKZ vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the fuel delivery module may develop a crack, allowing fuel to leak.

A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire.

Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel delivery module, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on July 15, 2013.

Ford Motors sued over mileage efficiency of C-MAX Hybrid and Fusion Hybrid

This consumer fraud class action is based on Defendant Ford Motor Company’s false and misleading marketing campaign for its 2013 model year C-MAX Hybrid and Fusion Hybrid (“Subject Vehicles”). Ford launched the C-MAX Hybrid in October, 2012, touting the vehicle as “America’s most fuel efficient and affordable hybrid utility vehicle.” In its advertising and marketing campaign for the vehicles, Ford claimed that the C-MAX Hybrid and Fusion Hybrid achieved a class leading 47 Miles Per Gallon (MPG). These materials helped FORD achieve record sales for the first two months of C-MAX Hybrid sales, outselling its rival, hybrid sales leader Toyota, but there was a problem.

According to the complaint, these ads were false. In reality, the C-MAX Hybrid and Fusion Hybrid actually achieved far fewer mpg: Plaintiff, who purchased a C-MAX Hybrid in October ,has not achieved 47 mpg, but rather had averaged approximately 37 mpg.

Consumer Reports recently tested the C-MAX Hybrid and Fusion Hybrid and determined that the vehicle achieved 37 and 39 combined MPG, respectively, and those results were confirmed by a reporter at the L.A. Times who found the C-MAX Hybrid got 37.5 combined MPG. Accordingly, though successfully marketed as a class leading 47 mpg vehicle, 2013 C-MAX Hybrid buyers have not achieved anything like that fuel efficiency.

Plaintiff brings this lawsuit on behalf of himself and all purchasers of 2013 FORD C-MAX and Fusion Hybrid vehicles who purchased or leased their vehicles in the United States.