Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX crossover SUVs can leak gas from tank and cause a fire.

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Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX crossover SUVs can leak gas from tank and cause a fire.

— Ford is recalling about 205,000 Edge and Lincoln MKX SUVs that could catch on fire. Ford says the model year 2007-2008 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX crossover SUVs are currently registered in or originally sold in the following areas:

Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Additionally, the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Quebec are included in the recall.

The automaker says the reinforcement brackets can corrode from road salt where the gas tank is attached to the SUVs. An improperly mounted gas tank could cause a fuel odor or cause gas to leak from the tank. Ford also says the "check engine" light could illuminate.

Leaking gas in the presence of an ignition source could easily cause a fire, something Ford says has happened to at least one vehicle. However, no injuries or accidents were caused by the fire.

Ford says the 205,000 SUVs were built from June 15, 2006, to September 22, 2008. About 186,000 vehicles are in the United States and federalized territories, and 18,424 are in Canada.

Ford hasn't said when the recall will begin but the automaker did say dealers will replace or repair the gas tank.

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