The recall covers some 2007-2008 Ford Edge and its luxury companion, the Lincoln MKX vehicles, Ford says. Only ones sold or registered in 21 midwestern and eastern states are affected.
The issue centers on reinforcement brackets at the point where the fuel tank is connected to the vehicle that can corrode. If they do, there could be a fuel leak, which could turn into a fire if the vehicle comes in contact with an ignition source. Owners are likely to smell gasoline, notice a leak or see the "check engine" light illumuinated on the dash.
Ford says it is aware of one fire from the condition, and no accidents or injuries as a result.
The recall covers Edges and MKXs built at Ford's Oakville, Mich., assembly plant from June 15, 2006 to Sept. 22, 2008. Of those, 186,024 vehicles are in the U.S. and 18,424 in Canada.
The recall covers vehicles currently registered or were originally sold in 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 in the U.S.