Ford has announced a major recall of over 1.1 million F-150, F-250 and Lincoln Blackwood pickups to replace the gas tank retaining straps in states where corrosion due to road salt is a potential issue. At risk are 1997-2004 F-150s, 1997-99 F-250s and 2002-03 Lincoln Blackwood models, but the trucks are only being recalled in northern states where the use of road de-icing chemicals is common.
As a result of corrosion, one or both of the gas tank retaining straps can fail, allowing the fuel tank to detach from the fuel lines or even the truck itself. Ford will contact owners in affected states via mail when the recall begins, in mid-September. Dealers will replace the existing fuel tank straps with more corrosion-resistant pieces; if replacements aren’t available, dealers will either install a temporary cable support as an interim repair or will provide a steel reinforcement over the existing strap as a permanent repair.
Owners with questions or concerns can reach Ford’s customer relations center at (866) 436-7332, or they may contact the NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at (888) 327-4236 for further details.