Ford Motor Company is stopping the sale of 2012 Edge models because a fuel line can leak and potentially cause a fire in the Canadian-built vehicle. Since replacement parts are not available, owner letters should be mailed the week of 24 September 2012, the Dearborn-based automaker said in the required filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In some of the Edges, the fuel line assembly from Cooper Standard Automotive in Michigan can crack in the housing of the pulse damper. No fires thus far have been reported. Only Edges equipped with 2-liter engines are affected by the safety defect.
Ford dealers have been told to inspect the line and replace it on any vehicles that arrive at their dealerships, whether or not the customer has received a letter. Federal regulations require dealers to complete this recall service before a new vehicle is delivered to the buyer or lessee. Violation of this requirement by a dealer could result in a civil penalty of up to $6,000 per vehicle.
Owners should call the Ford Motor Company Customer Relationship Center at 1-866-436-7332 about Ford’s recall campaign number 12S40. Owners can also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov.