Ford issued a recall on Monday for 1.1 million trucks due to fuel tank concerns.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) identifies the problem as follows:
The straps that support the fuel tank can rust and break, possibly dropping the tank and causing a fuel leak. Leaking gasoline presents a fire hazard.
A total of 243 incidents of fuel tanks dropping below the vehicle and/or dragging on the ground have been reported, as well as 95 involving fuel leakage and nine including sparks.
PickupTrucks.com reports that models affected include: 1997-2003 Ford F-150, 2004 Ford F-150 Heritage Edition, 1997-1999 Ford F-250 and 2002-2003 Lincoln Blackwood. Trucks sold or registered in 12 states are part of the recall.
Those affected by the recall can call Ford at 866-436-7332 or NHTSA at 888-327-4236.
Meanwhile, the NHTSA escalated its probe of Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan wheel issues.
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