Noble McIntyre on September 18, 2012
Ford recently announced a voluntary safety recall of around 5,500 Ford Edge vehicles equipped with 2.0-liter engines, due to cracks in the fuel line that raise fire hazard concerns. In a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration dated September 4th, Steve Kenner, the Global Director of Ford, revealed that the 2012 model year Ford Edge is susceptible to fuel line cracks that could easily lead to fires in the event of a car accident.
While no accidents, injuries, or fires have been reported to date, the precautionary recall emphasizes the dangers inherent in this manufacturing malfunction. These fuel line pulse damper metal housings that are susceptible to cracks may result in any number of leakage issues. This issue has been known to create a fuel odor, weepage, or a continuous leak.
Kenner states that owners will be notified by mail and instructed to take their vehicles to a Ford or Lincoln dealer for an inspection. Vehicles will be reviewed, and a fuel line sub-assembly, including the fuel line metal pulse damper housing, will be replaced in affected vehicles.
This particular recall comes after two other safety recalls related to leaky engine parts. In July, Ford announced that they would be recalling 11,500 Ford Escape Crossover vehicles from the 2013 model year due to similar fuel line concerns. The 1.6-liter 4-cylinder EcoBoost motor was reported to leak, and in an unusual move, Ford urged owners to stop driving the vehicles.
Most recently, Ford recalled an additional 6,100 model year 2013 Escapes with same 1.6-liter engine, due to concerns surrounding a coolant leak that may lead to fires.
Throughout this wave of voluntary recalls, the root problem has been attributed not to the finished engine, but to separate parts manufactured and assembled throughout the world. The 2-liter EcoBoost engine is built in Spain, while the 1.6-liter unit comes from Britain; both are assembled with parts created in the United States.