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Old 02-16-2010, 01:38 PM   #1
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Exclamation Fire danger in older Ford vehicles

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]

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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.
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Old 02-22-2010, 05:05 AM   #2
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Ford didn't sweep this one under the rug and brag about how much money they saved doing so. Yes, it's big, but I'm betting the supplier bore the brunt of the cost--it didn't take the Ford tech long to swap it out in our F250.

IMO, CR publishing this older recall now may be an image damage recovery effort.

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Old 02-22-2010, 05:46 AM   #3
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This has been a rolling recall. I had the unit in my 1997 F150 replaced in 2006. At that time they had all ready been replacing Crown Vic units and several other models. It looks like it has simply continued to expand.
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many threads on this going back 5-6 years...

here are 2 with details and gory pix and so on...

including WHO made the offending parts and WHY this stuff happened.

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I haven't taken our 2000 F150 in because it doesn't have cruise control. Probably the one wise purchase decision we made in a while.

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Old 02-22-2010, 09:39 AM   #6
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Ok Even my 94 F150 has the recall. I have not as of yet taken it in,but I have unhooked the plug from the switch on the master cylinder. My 2001 F350 is also in the recall.I have them both unhooked. The reason for this is this wiring is HOT all the time and this switch can overheat and catch fire even with the igniton off. There have been other vehicles and even homes destroyed because of this malfunction.

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