Ford is recalling certain model year 2007 Ford Five Hundred and Mercury Montego vehicles manufactured from september 5, 2006, through september 11, 2006. The fuel tanks may not have consistent welds between the fuel tank and fuel filler neck spud which can affect the strength of the joint. Some fuel tank spud welds may not provide the expected strength in the event of a severe rear impact to the vehicle. An improper weld can result in a crack in the joint which could illuminate the emissions malfunction indicator light, cause a fuel odor, or allow fuel to leak out.
Fuel leakage, in the presence of an ignition source, could result in a fire.
Dealers will replace the fuel tank free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on or about august 15, 2011. Owners may contact ford motor company customer relationship center at 1-866-436-7332.
Fuel system, gasoline storage tank assembly, filler pipe and cap.
Potential number of units affected.
Ford's safety recall no. 11s20. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to Safercar.
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