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Ford Flex Recall Information

NEWS: Ford recalls 390,000 vehicles in the US: Fuel System: Gasoline
Report Receipt Date: MAY 31, 2013 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V227000 
Potential Number of Units Affected: 390,783 

JUNE 2013 - Ford is recalling certain model year 2013 Explorer, Taurus, Flex, Fusion, Police Interceptor Sedan and Police Interceptor Utility vehicles; and certain model year 2013 Lincoln MKS, MKT, and MKZ vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the fuel delivery module may develop a crack, allowing fuel to leak. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel delivery module, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on July 15, 2013. Ford's recall campaign number is 13S04. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to


NEWS: Ford issues 3 recalls, including one for 465K vehicles
Detroit News  @ May 31, 2013

MAY 2013 -- Ford Motor Co. issued three recalls for 2013 models Friday, including calling back 465,000 vehicles for fire risks after 600 complaints of fuel leaks.

The new recalls are the latest in a series of quality issues facing the Dearborn automaker during the last year as it has issued repeated recalls for many of its most popular new vehicles. It also announced Friday small recalls of the 2013 Lincoln MKZ because insulation on the engine block heater cord could catch fire and of 2013 Ford Fusions that could have improperly assembled steering gears, which could cause loss of steering ability.

The first recall, for potentially leaky fuel tanks, affects 465,000 vehicles — 390,000 of them in the U.S. — including 2013 Ford Explorer, Taurus, Flex, Fusion and Police Interceptor utilities and sedans, and Lincoln MKS, MKT and MKZ vehicles. Ford said it received 600 fuel leak complaints as of March 31.

“The condition could result in customers detecting a fuel odor, or in some cases, observe evidence of a fuel leak on the ground,” Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker said in an email. “While a fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire, there have been no reports of fires. We are not aware of any accidents or injuries attributed to this condition.”

Ford is also recalling 500 of its new 2013 Lincoln MKZ midsize sedans — 100 in the U.S. and the rest in Canada — equipped with engine block heaters. The automaker says the insulation on the engine block heater electrical cord has the potential to crack in temperatures of minus-4 degrees or colder. A cracked cord could potentially expose wiring, increasing the risk of electrical shock and corrosion.

The Dearborn automaker is also recalling 23 of its new 2013 Fusion midsize sedans — 20 in the U.S. — for steering gears that may have been built without an internal retaining clip. That flaw could result in impaired steering or loss of steering control.

The recalls are another black eye for the launch of the Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ, which share the same platform and are built at the same assembly plant in Hermosillo, Mexico.

The new Fusion, which debuted last fall, was recalled last year for problems stemming from its 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine. Engine leaks and related fire risks prompted the recalls. Engine overheating can lead to fluid leaks, which could come in contact with a hot exhaust, resulting in a fire. A software fix was supposed to fix the problem — and it did, for most owners.

But follow-up tests revealed the need for additional repairs on some engines. At one point, Ford said about 1,400 Fusions and Escapes, including some on dealer lots, were not drivable because of a parts shortage.

Most recently, the new MKZ, which was slated to launch in December but arrived as many four months late to some dealerships, had to be shipped from Ford’s Hermosillo plant to its Flat Rock Assembly Plant for additional quality inspections.

Ford CEO said earlier this year the number of recalls for 2013 models wasn’t a problem, but instead a sign that the automaker was focused on quality. “We learned from every one of them,” he said.

Last year Ford recalled more than 1.4 million vehicles. So far this year it has recalled more than 700,000.

The latest recalls come days after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it was opening a preliminary investigation into 400,000 2011-2013 Ford F-150 trucks with 3.5L EcoBoost engines. There have been 95 complaints alleging unexpected sharp reductions in engine power during hard acceleration at highway speeds.


Auto News Forum:    Ford Flex ABS-Airbag Computer and Brake Problems

February 26, 2009 -- Ok the problem starts with, I was having some break issues so I replaced the pads, calipers, and brake hoses. The issue continued so I then replaced the calipers, pads, and rotors. The issues is that the right wheel is locking up. I is over heating and applying to much pressure. This issue gets worse the more I brake and the longer I drive. I had it into a shop they could not find anything wrong. Eventually they replaced the ABS motor and junction block. Things seemed to be fine but then the problem came back. While driving one day the brakes acted up and then the ABS light finally came on and has been on since. Tried to get the ABS code read but every place says their scanner can not connect to the ABS brain and that I need to replace it. So yesterday I replaced the ABS brain. The light has not gone off and I still have the same issue, the right wheel is still acting up. I had it into a local shop yesterday and we did a ohm test on the DTE connector to the ABS connector, which we found the information from his Mitchell source. Everything that we tested points to the ABS brain box being junk, but we just replaced it. While we had the code reader connected we tried to read all the other systems and what do you know the code reader can not connect to the Airbag computer either. The Code reader is a Snap-On, brick. He has used it for years and he is not the only place that has told me they could not connect the the ABS computer. The ABS light is on but the Airbag light is not. The Airbag light comes on when you start the truck but after the self check it goes off.

If anyone has any leads or information I would really appreciate. Other then this issue the truck it great. I would love to keep it but I can not afford to replace brakes every 3k miles or so.


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