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Ford recalls nearly 200 GT supercars over possible fire hazard

By Ed Adamczyk
Ford recalls nearly 200 GT supercars over possible fire hazard
A 2017 Ford GT is seen at the New York International Auto Show on March 23, 2016. Wednesday, Ford recalled nearly 200 of the supercars in the United States and Canada. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Oct. 10 (UPI) -- The Ford Motor Company announced a recall Wednesday for nearly 200 of its 647-horsepower, $450,000 Ford GT supercars, over a potential fire hazard.

Ford said hydraulic fluid in the sports cars could leak from the valve block assembly underneath the car's rear wing and onto the exhaust, and start a fire. It reported one fire related to the problem, in June in Germany, but said no one was hurt.

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The fire occurred after only 43 miles of driving, and the automaker worked with the owner to determine the cause. Ford also replaced the car.

Ford said the recall is so far limited to 194 2017- and 2018-model year vehicles in North America -- 176 in the United States and 18 in Canada. Ford did not specify how many were sold outside of North America.

Dealers will perform a software update to the vehicle controller to eliminate the possibility of excessive pressure in the valve block assembly. Some vehicles will have a rear wing hydraulic check valve installed and rubber o-rings and filters replaced, if needed.

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