Whether it was federal pressure from the NHTSA (National Highway Transportation Safety Administration) or that genuinely sick feeling in the pit of your stomach when something goes bad on your watch, but whichever the reason Ford is taking action… again.
In a recent step to address a faulty cruise control switch installed in many of their models Ford has announced a recall of 3.6 million vehicles. When you include prior recalls by Ford for the same reason that brings the total to 10.4 million total vehicles recalled for faulty cruise control switches.
The switches in question have been linked to numerous fires in the engine compartment of the vehicles that use them. The fires do not always occur while the vehicle is moving either. Some of the reported fires have started or flared up as the vehicle was parked (with the engine turned off) in the garage of some homes. To the left here you can see an example of the severity of the fires being linked to the faulty switch.
Some are calling for Ford to expand their recall. Apparently the Texas Instruments switch in question is used by another 5 million vehicles that have not been recalled. No word from Ford as to whether those will be included in a future recall. Here is a list of the vehicles that are part of the current 3.6 million vehicles recalled:
1998-2002 Ford Ranger
1992-1998 Lincoln Town Car
1992-1998 Ford Crown Victoria
1992-1998 Mercury Grand Marquis
1993-1998 Lincoln Mark VIII
1993-1995 Ford Taurus SHO (automatic transmission)
1999-2001 Ford Explorer
1991-2001 Mercury Mountaineer
2001-2002 Ford Explorer Sport
2001-2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
1992-1993 Ford E-150, E-250 and E-350
1997-2003 Ford E-150, E-250 and E-350
2003 Ford E-450
1993 Ford F-series
1993 Ford Bronco
1994 Mercury Capri
2003-2004 Ford F-150 Lightning
1995-2002 Ford F-53 Motorhome
Source: Ford Motor Co.
As was done for the Ford/Firestone recall of the 90’s Ford will likely be pacing themselves on this recent recall so as not to be overwelmed by the turnout. If you own one of the vehicles included on the above list be sure to check your mail in the coming months (yep, Months!). In the mean time, and purely as a precautionary procedure, maybe it would be wise to park your care a little bit away from the house.