Feds warns Ford owners about recalled vehicles

September 9, 2008 2:45:46 PM PDT
The government is urging owners of 5 million recalled Ford vehicles to bring them to dealerships to repair a cruise control switch system that has been tied to engine fires. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Tuesday issued a second consumer advisory to owners of certain unrepaired Ford, Lincoln and Mercury sport utility vehicles, pickup trucks, vans and passenger cars who have not responded to previous recalls.

NHTSA said about 12 million vehicles have been part of the recall and nearly 5 million still have not been fixed. A similar warning was issued in February but officials said the rate of the vehicles being repaired has declined.

The recalls have affected Ford's popular F-Series pickup trucks and led to hundreds of complaints and dozens of lawsuits over engine fires.

Ford spokesman Wes Sherwood said the Dearborn, Mich., company supported the effort to communicate with owners. He said owners have received several recall notices but "the return rate has been lower than expected or hoped (for)."

Dealers have installed a fused wiring harness into the speed control electrical system as part of the recall, and the government said replacement parts are available. Owners can take their vehicle to a dealer to have the cruise control deactivated until the parts arrive.

Trucks:


1997-2002 Expedition


1998-2002 Navigator

2002-2003 Blackwood

1993-1996 Bronco

2000-2003 Excursion (built prior to 11/4/02)

1992-2003 Econoline E-150/250/350

1996-2003 Econoline E450

2002-2003 Econoline E550

1998-2002 Ranger

1998-2001 Explorer/Mountaineer

2001-2002 Explorer Sport (2 door) & Sport Trac

2003-2004 F-150 Lightning

1993-2003 F-Series (Under 8500 lb. GVW)

1993-2003 F-Series (over 8500 lb. GVW) - all plants except Cuautitlan

1994-2003 F-Series (over 8500 lb. GVW) - Cuautitlan built only prior to 1/7/03

1995-2002 F-53 Motorhome

Cars:


1992-1998 Town Car


1992-1998 Crown Victoria

1992-1998 Grand Marquis

1993-1998 Mark VIII

1993-1995 Taurus SHO (automatic transmission)

1994 Capri

*equipped with speed control. Diesel engine equipped vehicles are excluded from recall


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