Ford Edge to be recalled in China to fix possible fire hazard

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UPDATED: 1/19/14 1:10 pm ET -- adds background

SHANGHAI (Reuters) -- Ford Motor Co. will recall 13,493 imported Edge SUVs in China on a possible fuel system leak that could lead to a fire, China's quality watchdog said.

The 2-liter SUVs, produced between Sept. 2, 2010, and April 25, 2013, will be recalled starting Feb. 21, China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said in a statement posted on its Web site late on Tuesday.

A China-based spokesman confirmed the recall and said the company had no further comment to make.

The China recall is part of a bigger recall announced Jan. 16 of 2012-13 Edge models. It covers 27,800 in the United States, 13,500 in the Asia Pacific region, 3,400 in Canada and about 900 spread around the world.

The announcement came just a month after a Ford China joint venture recalled close to 81,000 of its Kuga crossovers over a steering part problem.

The quality watchdog said that a substandard fuel pulsation damper in Edge SUVs may crack and potentially lead to fuel leakage and possibly cause fire.