Ford recalls 3,000 mid-size sedans for issue with fuel tank welding

Ford Motor Company recently recalled the 2007 Ford Five Hundred and Mercury Montego for issues with the fuel tanks. The recall affects roughly 3,000 vehicles from the 2007 model year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The NHTSA reported that the welding between the fuel tank and the fuel filler neck spud may be inconsistent, and this issue could affect the strength of the joint and cause it to crack. A crack in the fuel tank could lead to gasoline leakage, which might cause a fire.

Ford owners can take their cars to dealers for a free replacement, and if they have already replaced the fuel tank, they can file for reimbursement until August 31.

People who are considering purchasing the Montego or the Five Hundred with a bad credit car loan should make sure the recall repairs were performed before they buy the car.

The American automaker also recalled more than 14,000 of its 2011 F-series pickup trucks at the beginning of the year, according to AutoRecalls.us. In spite of recalls, Ford managed to show a 10 percent improvement in sales last month, compared to the numbers from June 2010, The Sun Chronicle reported.