Ford Motor Company, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have announced the recall of nearly 226,000 Ford vehicles in the United States and Canada, including the new Ford Five Hundred sedan and Freestyle wagon, because of fire risks.
The recall affects 127,493 Ford Five Hundred and Mercury Montego sedans and Freestyle wagons because the straps that secure the fuel tank to the vehicle body may break, causing the fuel tank and fuel tank heat shield to drop onto the driveshaft or exhaust system, according to the NHTSA.
The problem could cause a fuel leak and result in a fire in the recalled vehicles. So far no injuries or accidents have been reported.
Ford is also recalling 98,444 Crown Victoria, Lincoln Town Car, and Mercury Grand Marquis sedans because on certain vehicles the battery cable may scrape on an attaching bolt and could lead to a fire.