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Recall Alert: NHTSA Warns Ford Owners to Get Their Faulty Cruise Control Switch Fixed for Fire Risk

Andrew Peterson
Oct 21, 2010
Combustion in gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles generally refers to the controlled combustion in the engine, but for several million Ford owners, could refer to the vehicles electrical system. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sent out an advisory notice today, warning owners of certain Ford vehicles to double check recalls and maintenance for their vehicle to prevent fires.
Photo 2/6   |   2002 Ford Explorer Front Three Quarter View
Since 1999, Ford has recalled over 17.5 million vehicles due to a faulty cruise control disconnect switch, which can overheat and catch on fire, even when the vehicle is turned off. The NHTSA is concerned that some owners may have ignored these recalls, and are still driving vehicles with the flawed switch. This is particularly concerning when it comes to used vehicles -- secondhand buyers may be unaware of the recall, and assume their vehicle was properly maintained from day one.
Although the recalls began roughly 11 years ago and owners were notified of the campaign, the NHTSA estimates that several million vehicles haven't been repaired, and still pose a risk of catching on fire. Possible warning signs include a defective cruise control system, brake lights that stop working, low brake fluid levels, ABS or brake warning lights, or the inability to shift the vehicle out of park.
Photo 3/6   |   2000 Ford Excursion Front View
Vehicles recalled include the following:
* 1992-2003 E Series (all including Econolines)
* 1992-1998 Crown Victoria/Grand Marquis/Town Car
* 1993-2003 F150, F250, F350, F450, F550
* 2003-2004 Lightning
* 2002-2003 Blackwood
* 1993-1997 F Series (>8500 GVW, Diesel)
* 1999-2003 F Series (>8500 GVW, Diesel)
* 1993-1995 Taurus SHO
* 1993-1998 Mark VIII
* 1993-1996 Bronco
* 1994-2002 F53 Super Duty motorhome chassis
* 1994 Mercury Capri
* 1995-2003 Ranger
* 1995-2002 Explorer
* 2001-2002 Explorer Sport & Sport Trac
* 1995-2002 Mountaineer
* 1995-2003 Windstar
* 1997-2002 Expedition
* 1998-2002 Navigator
* 1998-2002 Mazda-B-Series
* 2000-2003 Excursion
To help reduce the risk of fires, the NHTSA is urging owners once again to ensure the proper repairs have been performed. Click here to head to the Ford's own web site, where you can enter your vehicle's VIN to see what recall work -- if any -- needs to be performed.

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