The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a report, according to which Ford was to recall its Five Hundred sedans due to the problems with fuel tanks. The affected cars were manufactured during the period from September 5, 2006, till September 11, 2006.
Ford plans to start recalling the vehicles in the mid of August. The dealerships will replace the fuel tanks free of charge. If a car's owner has noticed the problem earlier and has already managed to install new one, a dealership will in any case change an existing fuel tank for a new one.
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, says the safety agency in its report. The detected problem may lead to a fuel odor or even leakage. Currently some warranty reports from the sedans' owners contain the information about fuel leak. There has been no notification about fire, accidents and injuries, connected to this issue.