Recall Roundup: Ford, Mazda Issue Recalls Concerning Leaky Fuel Tanks, Tire-Pressure Monitors
By Jeff Youngs,
During the past week, a total of 285,735 vehicles were recalled by Ford Motor Company (Ford) and Mazda North American Operations (Mazda). The Ford recall affects two models from the 2007 and 2008 model years; the Mazda recall affects some 2014 and 2015 vehicles. Details are below, in alphabetical order by vehicle brand.
2007-2008 Ford Edge
2007-2008 Lincoln MKX
Ford is recalling 186,024 model-year 2007-2008 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX vehicles manufactured June 15, 2006, to September 22, 2008, and originally sold, or currently registered in, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. Due to corrosion from salt water exposure, such as from road salt use, the affected vehicles may leak fuel from the fuel tank seam weld under the tank mounting reinforcement brackets. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire.
Ford will notify owners, though the remedy is currently being developed. The recall is expected to begin on December 8, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 14S22; owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 14V682000.
2014-2015 Mazda 6
Mazda is recalling 99,711 model-year 2014-2015 Mazda 6 vehicles manufactured October 25, 2012, to October 10, 2014. If the tire pressure on all four tires on an affected vehicle gradually drop at the same time, the tire-pressure monitoring system (TPMS) may not warn the driver of the drop in pressure. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 138: Tire Pressure Monitoring System. A vehicle that is driven with underinflated tires may experience a sudden tire failure.
Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will update the TPMS software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on December 10, 2014. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V675000.