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Ford recalls Villagers and trucks because of potential fuel leaks

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WASHINGTON — Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than half a million Mercury Villagers and F-series trucks that could leak fuel and possibly catch on fire.

The two separate campaigns are among several Ford recalls from November and December unveiled Thursday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In all cases, vehicle owners will be notified by mail and can get free repairs at dealers.

Ford is recalling 435,426 Villager minivans from the 1993 to 1998 model years. The vans have a fuel tank vent hose that can crack and leak fuel under some circumstances.

The pickup truck recall affects 1993 models of the F150, F250, F350 and F450 that have fuel tank pressure regulators that can wear out and lead to a leak.There are 275,000 of the vehicles on the road.

Ford spokesman Mike Vaughn said there were no injuries, deaths, accidents or fires reported because of the problems.

Ford also issued another recall of the 1997 and 1998 Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer. It affects 264,620 SUVs with an accelerator that can stick or hesitate.