Ford Motor Co. is recalling around 46,000 Edge sports utility vehicles, covering 2012 and 2013 model years, due to a fuel system leak that may result to a fire, the carmaker and the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. Ford said that no crashes or injuries related to the incident have been reported.
The recall involves 27,800 Edge SUVs in the United States, 13,500 in the Asia Pacific region, 3,400 in Canada and about 900 from other parts world. They are powered by 2.0-liter engines. "The fuel line pulse damper metal housing may crack as a result of an improper manufacturing process," according to a report from the NHTSA.
The regulator said the crack may cause a leak, which in turn could lead to a fire if there is an ignition source. Ford is also recalling around 400 Explorer SUVs covering 2011 and 2012 model years that may have been serviced with a suspect steering gear.
They were serviced after Sept. 1, 2013, Ford said, adding that a software error could lead to a situation in which the steering could lock, thus increasing the risk of a crash. Ford said no crashes or incidents have been reported relating to this issue.
Since it was launched in 2006, the Ford Edge midsize crossover has been known for its style and technology. These hallmark attributes have evolved into a whole new level in the 2012 model of the Ford Edge.
Mark Fields, Ford's president of The Americas, quipped that customers have been telling the carmaker about how much they like the design and dynamics of the Ford Edge. He remarked that Ford has been listening to its customers and they made sure their desired attributes were included on the 2012 Ford edge. In addition, the 2012 model remains dominants in terms of fuel economy, quietness, vehicle design and quality of materials. Moreover, the new Edge is laden with the MyFord Touch driver connect technology.
The Ford Edge managed to lead its segment in terms of sales in its first full year on the market. Ford also managed to sell more than 330,000 units of the Edge since it was launched in late 2006. Now for the 2012 model year, it is set to redefine the segment with a number of enhancements.
Elaine Bannon, chief engineer, remarked that the new Ford Edge is a demonstration that when Ford refreshes a model, it goes beyond a few design and interior tweaks. For the Edge, Ford reworked all elements and created a new exterior and interior. Likewise, Ford introduced three new engines and two new transmissions. Of course, the Edge will still feature the MyFord Touch system.