Ford is issuing a safety recall in North America for approximately 7,500 2018 Ford F-150, Expedition and Lincoln Navigator vehicles equipped with a 3.5-liter GTDI V6 engine for high-pressure fuel pumps with misaligned welds.

On the affected vehicles, the high-pressure fuel pump assembly may have inadequate welds between the pump housing and its mounting flange. As a result, the fuel pump welds in these vehicles may be susceptible to high-cycle fatigue fractures that could cause the fuel pump to move relative to its mounting flange, resulting in eventual loss of the sealing integrity of the cam cover or the fuel lines and an oil or fuel leak, increasing the risk of fire.

Ford is not aware of any fires, accidents or injuries related to this condition.

Affected vehicles include:

  • 2018 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Dearborn Truck Plant between March 14, 2018 and April 24, 2018
  • 2018 Ford F-150 vehicles built at Kansas City Assembly Plant between March 20, 2018 and April 17, 2018
  • 2018 Ford Expedition vehicles built at Kentucky Truck Plant between March 14, 2018 and April 12, 2018
  • 2018 Lincoln Navigator vehicles built at Kentucky Truck Plant between Feb. 20, 2018 and May 6, 2018

The recall involves approximately 7,580 vehicles in North America, with 5,645 in the United States and federalized territories, 1,625 in Canada and 310 in Mexico. The Ford reference number for this recall is 18S17.

Dealers will replace the high-pressure fuel pump, high-pressure fuel discharge tube, and high-pressure pump and discharge tube mounting bolts at no cost to the customer.

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