Note: I had a quick look on the forums, and didnt see mention of this issue, but the January Consumers Reports has an article on it. Looks like Toyota isn't alone in having large problems. 16 MILLION vehicles being recalled!? Wowsa!
[Edit: I must be going blind, there already was a thread on this. However, the info I posted here was in the January 2010 issue of CR, and so may contain different model information]
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has added another 4.5 million Ford vehicles to the list of those previously recalled for a fire hazard.
This recall notice brings to about 16 million the number covered under a campaign to fix Ford vehicles. They all had a faulty cruise control deactivation switch, manufactured by Texas Instruments, that could leak hydraulic fluid, overheat, and cause a fire.
"These hazardous cruise control switches pose a safety risk even while the cruise control is not in use and vehicles are turned off or unattended," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said.
The latest recall
The following are part of the new safety campaign:
- 1995-2003 Ford Windstars.
- 2000-2003 Ford Excursion diesels.
- 1993-1997 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 motor homes.
NHTSA says these warning signs could mean a problem is imminent: cruise control systems that stop working or can't be activated, brake lights that stop working, brake lights and ABS warning lights illuminating on the dashboard, or not being able to get a vehicle out of park.
The agency says that owners of recalled Ford vehicles should immediately make appointments with their dealers and not park their vehicles in garages or near homes until repairs are made.