Ford Edge recalled; Hyundai Elantra studied

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2012 Ford Edge

Ford Motor Co. is recalling some of its 2012 Edge vehicles because of concerns that the fuel line could leak and cause a fire.

The recall affects about 5,500 vehicles made between Sept. 2, 2010, and Oct. 31, 2011.The Edge is a midsized SUV, and the affected vehicles have 2-liter engines.

The problem is caused by a part in the fuel line that could crack. Those conditions could cause a fire under the hood.

Ford blamed faulty manufacturing by a parts supplier.

Ford will notify owners by mail to take their vehicle to a Ford or Lincoln dealer. If the vehicle needs to be fixed, the dealer will do it for free. The recall is expected to begin on, or about, Monday.

Ford said it is aware of 12 cases of fuel leaks after examining warranty claims. No accidents, injuries or fires have been reported.

Owners can also contact Ford at (866) 436-7332, or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at (888) 327-4236 or www.safecar.gov.

Hyundai Elantra

DETROIT — U.S. safety regulators have added two model years to an investigation of an air bag problem with Hyundai Elantras that cut a car owner’s ear in half.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will look into 2011 and 2013 Elantras along with those from 2012.

The agency upgraded the probe to an engineering analysis, a step closer to a recall. No cars have been recalled.

The agency started investigating 123,000 2012 Elantras in May. But Monday it said only Korean-built Elantras have the part that caused the problem. About 75,000 were sold in the U.S.

In April, an Elantra owner told investigators a side air bag inflated in a crash and a metal bracket sliced the driver’s ear.

Hyundai says the problem appears to be isolated.

– Associated Press


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