The Ford Edge SUV is being recalled due to problems with the fuel line. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said 5,499 vehicles, manufactured from Sept. 10, 2010 through Oct. 31, 2011 are affected.
All SUVs and are equipped with 2.0-liter engines. You can check your vehicle’s build date on a sticker on the driver-side doorjamb. The automaker will notify owners starting Sept. 24, and dealers will replace the affected parts free of charge.
The problem is said to be caused by a part in the fuel line that could crack. If it did, they note, the smell of gas would probably be noticeable, and fuel leaks might also appear. Those conditions could cause a fire under the hood.
Ford blamed faulty manufacturing by a parts supplier.
As of now, Ford has received 12 reports of fuel leakage from the owners of Edge. However, none of them led to injuries or fires.
This is the fifth recall of Ford in about 2 months, 3 of them related to problems causing fire. In July, the company had recalled 11,500 Escape SUVs for fixing fuel lines leak that can cause fires. In the same month, the company had said that it would recall 8,266 units of the SUV in order to fix their improperly installed carpet padding that could cause braking failures.
Apart from the redesigned version, Ford had also recalled the prior model of Escape in late July. The automaker had recalled 485,000 units of old Escapes in the month due to sticking gas pedals that can cause crashes.
Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332 or NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.