Ford is announcing the recall of nearly 390,000 vehicles in the U.S., as well as another 77,000 vehicles in other global markets, for a potential fuel tank leak that could result in a fire. This announced on the heels of Chrysler’s refusal to initiate a recall for a fire hazard with certain Jeep Cherokees and Jeep Libertys.
Ford’s recall affects several vehicles, but only from the 2013 model year. Included are the Explorer, Taurus, Flex, Fusion, Interceptor Utility, Interceptor Sedan, and Lincoln MKS, MKT, and MKZ.
After receiving 600 complaints as of March 31st, it has been determined that a part within the gas tank may fail and leak fuel onto the ground. If the spilled fuel catches a spark, a fire could occur, though no fires, accidents, or injuries have been reported.
Back to the subject of Chrysler’s refusal though-Ford is stepping up to the plate, they made the recall, and will be fixing the problem. Chrysler, not so much. Ford has received no reports of fire or injuries, yet they have initiated the recall. Perhaps it was a lesson learned from the Pinto? Reports of accidents and deaths differ with the Chrysler issue.
The Center for Auto Safety has said there have been 201 fire crashes with 285 deaths involving Jeep Grand Cherokees, and 36 accidents resulting in 53 deaths involving Jeep Libertys. Chrysler has stated that center has greatly overstated the number of deaths caused by rear-end crashes and fires, and it even disputes the lower estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of at least 37 accidents that caused fires and resulted in at least 51 deaths.
Really? What’s the magic number? How many deaths will it take for Chrysler to decide enough is enough? 52 deaths? 152 deaths? Companies like this are generally made up of decent people who are no better or worse than the rest of us. Which makes it all the more perplexing.