Apparently, the bad luck is no longer limited to Japanese cars. This morning, Ford announced they will be issuing a recall for some 4.5 million vehicles over a fire-prone cruise control switch. The switch, which is manufactured by the geek demi gods at Texas Instruments, is responsible for deactivating the cruise control function and has been shown to malfunction in rather serious ways. According to the recall, the switches may spring an internal leak that immediately erupts in smoking and/or burning, and in some instances the problem has resulted in brake fluid leaking into the ABS, also causing fires. To rectify the problem, dealers have been instructed to install a fused wiring harness and in some vehicles, replace the ABS module.
The vehicles affected by the recall include the 1995-2003 Ford Windstar, 2000-2003 Ford Excursion diesel, 1993 -1997 and 1999 – 2003 Ford F-Super Duty diesel, 1992-2003 Ford Econoline, 1995-2002 Ford Explorer and
Mercury Mountaineer, 1995-1997 and 2001-2003 Ford Ranger, and the 1994 Ford F53 Motorhome. Ford will begin notifying owners via mail on October 26th, and until then we advise owners of the aforementioned vehicles to go easy on the cruising.