The steering gear transmits the input from the steering wheel to the front wheels, allowing the vehicle to turn. 20 2013 Ford Fusion models are being recalled because a retaining clip may be missing inside the steering gear. As a result, components inside the steering gear could become dislodged, impairing steering ability and increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the steering gear to correct this concern.
The fuel delivery module, which is located at the fuel tank, can crack, resulting in a fuel leak. Any fuel leak always increases the risk of a fire. Dealers will replace the fuel delivery module in the affected vehicles to correct this concern.
During the manufacturing process, the side seam of the fuel tank may not have been properly sealed and as a result, the fuel tank would be weakened and not perform as expected in the event of a crash. In addition, a fuel leak could develop at any time. Dealers will inspect the fuel tank and replace it as necessary on vehicles included in this recall.
The third row seat can experience rust at the seat anchor mechanism mounted to each rear wheel well. As a result, the seat may not fully latch into its seating position. If the vehicle is hit from the rear, an unlatched seat may increase the risk of injury. Dealers will install new third row seat latch striker mounting brackets to correct this concern.
The left rear door lock assembly was not manufactured correctly and as a result, the child lock may not engage properly. When the child lock is not engaged, the door can be opened from the inside, increasing the risk of injury to an unrestrained child. Dealers will inspect the the left rear door latch and replace it as necessary.
Vehicles equipped with a 1.6L engine can experience an engine overheating condition. As the engine overheats, fluid leaks can develop. If leaking fluid comes into contact with the hot exhaust system, a fire could result. The remedy for this recall is still under development. At this time Ford is advising owners of affected vehicles to contact their dealer.
When headlamps are manufactured, the plastic housings are created in a manner that prevents them from deteriorating and becoming dull and hazy. If this occurs, the headlamps will become less effective and driver visibility will be decreased. Ford will replace the headlamp assemblies on the affected Fusion vehicles.
An occupant in the right rear seat will not have coverage from the side curtain air bag in a side impact collision when the front passenger seat is empty, increasing the risk of injury to the right rear occupant. Although the air bag system was designed to suppress the side curtain air bag under this scenario, Ford dealers will reprogram the vehicle's software to deploy the air bag whether the passenger front seat is occupied or not. The Ford recall number is 12C26.
On vehicles equipped with 1.6L engines, the cylinder head cup plug (freeze plug) may become dislodged, resulting in significant loss of engine coolant. As leaking engine coolant evaporates on the hot engine, the glycol may ignite, causing an engine compartment fire. An engine overheating condition could also occur. Dealers will seal the existing plug and add a secondary plug cover to correct this concern. The Ford recall number is 12S39.
Vehicles equipped with 2.0L engines are being recalled because the fuel line pulse damper metal housing may crack as a result of an improper manufacturing process. A cracked fuel line pulse damper housing may result in a combination of fuel odor, weepage, or a continuous leak while the fuel system is pressurized. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire. Dealers will perform the repairs necessary to correct this concern. The Ford recall number is 12S40.