Ford Recall 2013: Explorer, Fusion, Flex Models Affected By Fuel Leak Defect

Michael Söze

Ford Motor Company is recalling 465,000 vehicles worldwide after finding a defect in the fuel lines that could cause a fire.

The automotive giant announced the recall Monday, which includes the following 2013 Ford models:

Ford Fusion, Flex, Explorer, Taurus, Interceptor Sedan and Interceptor Utility, as well as the 2013 Lincoln MKZ, MKS and MKT.

A representative for Ford said in a statement that the company received information from customers of smelling gas or seeing a leak on the ground.

Ford said it had received 600 complaints about the fuel leak as of March 31 but had no known reports of fires, accidents or injuries attributed to the defect.

For those with vehicles affected by the recall, Ford will replace the fuel delivery module.

Owners of the vehicles will receive a letter in July advising them of the recall. A second letter will go out in September as parts become available. In the meantime, owners can contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.

No specific date has been set for the recall because "there are a limited number of parts available for vehicles that develop a fuel delivery module leak," according to the recall notice.

In addition to the fuel leak issue, Ford also announced two smaller recalls affecting two of their 2013 model cars.

It has recalled 500 2013 Lincoln MKZ vehicles because the insulation on the engine block heater can crack at extremely low temperatures, posing a risk of electric shock and corrosion.

Additionally, the company is recalling 23 new 2013 model year Fusion midsize sedans for steering gears that may have been built without an internal retaining clip, leading to impaired steering or loss of steering control.

A spokesman for the company said of the 23 vehicles affected, 20 are in the United States, one is in Canada and two are in Mexico.

Of the 20 in the US, five have already been repaired.