Kia will recall 2004 – 2007 Spectras for corrosion that may lead to the fuel tank falling from the vehicle, while Ford is recalling certain E-Series vans for faulty seat brackets.
2004 – 2007 Kia Spectra
The Problem: Metal straps securing the fuel tank may corrode and break causing the tank to fall from the car. Should a fuel tank fall from the vehicle, it could leak and increase the chances of a fire. Kia indicates only vehicles operated in states using road salt during winter months are susceptible to the corrosion issue.
The Fix: Dealers will replace straps and bracket hardware with zinc-coated parts on all affected vehicles free of charge. Kia will begin notifying owners in select states (i.e. Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia) will be notified in the coming weeks. Those seeking further information on the recall may contact the manufacturer by calling 1-800-333-4542.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: Some 58,332 2004 – 2007 Spectras manufactured between November 7th 2003 and March 6th 2007 fall under the recall.
2011 Ford E-Series
The Problem: Ford is recalling certain 2011 E-150, E-250, E-350, and E-450 vehicles for a faulty driver’s seat track component. The automaker indicates that in the event of an accident the worm gear found on electric seats may fracture and cause the seat to slide forward and back unrestrained freely, increasing the chances for injury. No injuries have been reported in relation to the issue. The Fix: Dealers will inspect the seat track components and if needed, replace it free of charge. Customers will be contacted in the next few weeks, but can contact the automaker by calling 1-866-436-7332 for further information.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 192 vehicles produced between March 7th and March 23rd 2011 will be recalled.