Ford Tire Investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government is investigating more than 1 million Ford vehicles after receiving reports of tires leaking from faulty valve stems made by a Chinese company.

Ford says the investigation involves vehicles with the tire valves, including 12 vehicles from the 2007 model year cited by the government.

The valves are used on most new Ford vehicles except for certain types of F-Series Super Duty Trucks and Econoline vans.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it's received 37 complaints of faulty valve stems, but no crashes or injuries have been reported.

In 23 of the complaints, the vehicle had more than one valve that was "severely cracked or cracked and leaking" and needed replacement.

Eleven complaints said the valves led to lost tire inflation and required the tire to be replaced.

The vehicles with the valve stems include:

  • Ford F-150
  • Mustang
  • Edge
  • Fusion,
  • Expedition
  • Explorer
  • Focus
  • Escape
  • Mercury Grand Marquis, MKX, MKZ, and Milan.

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