Ford Motor Company announced a recall of over 450,000 2010 and 2011 model Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan midsize sedans, with over 411,000 of those in the United States, for fuel tanks than can crack and possibly leak fuel that could result in a vehicle fire.

The problem involves a fuel canister purge valve that can stick thereby causing repeated pressure changes which could in turn cause the top of the fuel tank to crack and leak fuel. At no cost to customers, dealers will inspect the affected valve and fuel tank, and replace one or both if there is evidence of a sticking valve or a crack in the fuel tank. Dealers will also update powertrain software at the time of recall.

Thankfully, Ford has not received any reports of injuries, accidents or vehicle fires because of the problem and we credit Ford for their quick response in ordering this recall.

The recall will begin January 11, 2016. Ford’s recall number is 15S34. Affected vehicle owners may contact Ford Customer Service at 866-436-7332 or if you know your VIN# (Vehicle Identification Number) you may input that at https://owner.ford.com/tools/account/maintenance/recalls.html for more information. Owners may also contact the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) at www.safercar.gov or call the Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236.