Bad news issuing from Dearborn.Ford just announced a pair of recalls, inclusive of a particularly worrying mistake in the new F-Series Super Duty. According to Ford’s official announcement, there are approximately 8,000 of its big trucks on the roads with a missing reinforcement bracket – if  the reinforcement bracket is not there, the fuel tank could separate from the frame. Yes, Ford is practically saying the fuel tank could fall out. We don’t need to explain why this would be a very bad situation.

luckily, no owners have experienced the said bad things – Ford claims it’s not aware of any fires, injuries, or accidents because of the flaws. The Kentucky Truck Plant produced the affected pickups between August 10 and September 17. The bulk of the cars are in the US – 7,103, to be precise. Another 964 are cruising around the frozen Canadian tundra, while two more are in “federalized territories.”

The other recall is smaller, but cut across a broad swath of the Blue Oval’s family cars. Ford claims there are 1,352 Taurus sedans, Flex  crossovers, Explorer SUVs – including the Police Interceptor Utility variant – and Lincoln MKT built with the company’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 that could catch fire. In this situation, the danger isn’t a detached fuel tank, but an “improperly brazed turbocharger oil supply tube” that may leak and spill engine oil on the turbocharger.

once again, Ford isn’t aware of any fires, accidents, or casualties because of the flaw. Below’s the breakdown of manufacturer dates and location:

  • 2016 Ford Taurus vehicles produced at Chicago Assembly Plant, Oct. 18, 2016 to Nov. 2, 2016
  • 2016-17 Ford Flex vehicles produced at Oakville Assembly Plant, Oct. 18, 2016 to Nov. 10, 2016
  • 2017 Ford Explorer vehicles produced at Chicago Assembly Plant, Oct. 15, 2016 to Nov. 12, 2016
  • 2017 Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicles produced at Chicago Assembly Plant on Nov. 2, 2016
  • 2016-17 Lincoln MKT vehicles produced at Oakville Assembly Plant, Oct. 18, 2016 to Nov. 10, 2016

As with the Super Duty recall, most of the affected vehicles, crossovers, and SUVs are in the US market. There are 126 units in Canada and six in the same “federalized territories” listed above.

In the case of both recalls, dealers will check the affected parts and change or add them as necessary.

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