• 2010-2011 Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan models may leak gasoline
  • No accidents, injuries or fires reported due to the defect

Ford Motor Co. will recall as many as 451,865 cars, including 411,205 in the U.S., because their fuel tanks may crack and leak gasoline, potentially leading to fire.

The company will recall its 2010-2011 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan models and won’t charge customers if parts need to be replaced, according to a notice posted Saturday on the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website. Dearborn, Michigan-based Ford said it isn’t aware of accidents, injuries or fires related to the defect in the vehicles, which were built between 2008 and 2011.

An employee performs a quality control inspection of a new Ford Focus
An employee performs a quality control inspection of a new Ford Focus
Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Ford said the recall stemmed from customer reports in July that indicated fuel odors and leaks in the 2010 Fusion models. The cars were built in Hermosillo, Mexico. About 7,000 affected vehicles are in Mexico, and an additional 34,000 are in Canada.

In the U.S., once a manufacturer or NHTSA determines a vehicle is defective, the automaker will usually agree to issue a recall and to fix the defect for free. All the owner has to do is take it to a dealership affiliated with the manufacturer.

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