Ford is recalling 40,031 Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey minivans because cracks could form in the wheel hubs, the Associated Press (AP) reported.

Minivans from the 2004 model year are involved in the recall, AP said, noting that the Freestar and the Monterey were new vehicles in Ford's range this year.

Ford spokesman Glenn Ray told the news agency internal testing showed that cracks could form in the steel hub, which connects the wheels to the axle. Ray said there have been no customer complaints or injuries due to the defect and dealers will correct the problem for free.

Ray reportedly also said the company is recalling 1,700 2004 model year F-150 pickups because the fuel tank could leak if it gets too hot. Ray said there also have been no customer complaints or injuries due to that defect, which was discovered during company tests. Dealers also will correct that problem for free.

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