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Ford's Biggest Recall; Over 4.5 million Trucks, SUVs, and Minivans

October 13, 2009

Carlos Lago
Oct 13, 2009
Photographers: Courtesy of the Manufacturer
Ford is recalling 4.5 million vehicles as an extension of the biggest recall of the company's history. The company has been dogged for 10 years, eight recalls, and numerous investigations by a $21 switch.
Photo 2/5   |   Ford Excursion Front Three Quarter
Made by Texas Instruments and installed by Ford in 16 million vehicles, the switch, which disables cruise control at the press of the brake pedal, can "leak hydraulic fluid, overheat and then burn, potentially causing vehicle fires even with the ignition turned off and the vehicles parked and unattended," according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Detroit News reports the switch is the culprit behind 550 vehicle fires and 1500 complaints.
Photo 3/5   |   Ford Ranger Front Three Quarter
The models affected by the recall are below:
* 1995-2003 model year Ford Windstars
* 2000-2003 model year Ford Excursion diesels
* 1997 and 1999-2003 Ford F-Super Duty diesels
* 1992-2003 Ford Econolines
* 1995-2002 Ford Explorers and Mercury Mountaineers
* 1995-1997 and 2001-2003 Ford Rangers
* 1994 Ford F53 motorhomes
Ford stopped using the switches in 2003, and wrote to the NHTSA in a letter that this latest recall of all the vehicles equipped with the switch is to put the issue to bed for the last time, and not due to a safety concern, according to the Detroit News. The recall is "to address possible ongoing customer lack of confidence in vehicles with the switch," the letter says.
Photo 4/5   |   Ford Super Duty Front Three Quarter
Nevertheless, the NHTSA recommends that owners of the above vehicles should contact their dealerships as soon as possible and "not park their vehicles in garages or near homes until repairs are made."
Photo 5/5   |   Ford Winstar Front Three Quarter
Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Detroit News

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