Recall 13V109000

Potential Fuel Leak From Fuel Tank

Recall Details

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.


Our Quick Take

Due to an incorrectly manufactured fuel tank, an unexpected fuel leak can develop from the fuel tank.

What Should You Do?

Ford will begin notifying owners of affected vehicles on April 22, 2013. If you notice a fuel leak or smell fuel, stop driving your car and call your Ford dealer for instruction. If you don't receive recall notification and you feel you should have, please contact your Ford dealer. They may ask for your vehicle identification number (VIN), so have it handy when calling. The Ford recall number is 13S03.

Engine, March 27, 2013

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
March 27, 2013
NHTSA Action Number
Potential Number of Units Affected
Ford is recalling certain model year 2012 Taurus, Lincoln MKS, and model year 2013 Explorer vehicles manufactured July 19, 2011, through March 15, 2012. In the affected vehicles, the fuel tanks may have a marginally sealed seam in the side of the tank. As a result, the fuel tanks may not provide the expected strength in the event of an impact. The tanks may also leak.
A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the fuel tanks and replace them as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 22, 2013. Ford's recall campaign number is 13S03. Owners may contact Ford Motor Company Customer Relationship Center at 1-866-436-7332.
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
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