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Fords Recalled For Fire Risk Remain Unrepaired

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On: Mon, Oct 25, 2010 at 12:13PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

Fords Recalled For Fire Risk Remain Unrepaired

Ford has announced that approximately 8.4 million vehicles that could possibly catch on fire remain on the road, which federal regulators attribute to lack of owner education regarding one of the largest U.S. safety recalls in automotive history. In 1999 and then again in 2009, Ford recalled 14 million vehicles for leaky cruise-control switches that have a potential of leaking into the antilock brake system, according to Ford.

“If not repaired, the vehicles can catch fire, even if they are turned off, parked, and unattended,” according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) statement today. According to a spokeswoman for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration only about 60% of the 14 million recalled automobiles (approximately 8.4 million) have been serviced. Normally only about 30% of recalled vehicles are returned for repairs.

The statement released by Ford urged owners “to watch for potential warning signs of an imminent fire,” including brake lights or cruise-control systems that quit working, low brake fluid, and brake warning lights on the dashboard going off. According to a Ford spokesperson, Wesley Sherwood, vehicle owners have been notified many times.

Ford stated that costs for repairs are projected to be “likely lower than typical” because of their age, he added. The NHTSA praised Fords’ notification efforts as “diligent.”
The vehicles that have been included in the recall over the years include the 1992-2003 E series, 1993-2003 F series, 1995-2003 Windstar, 1995-2002 Explorers, and 1995-2003 Rangers.

The eight successive recalls that were issued by Ford regarding cruise control defects were some of the biggest recalls in automotive history, according to the NHTSA. The most recent recall regarding the issue was in 2009 when 4.5 million vehicles were recalled for leaky cruise control switches after there were 72 customer complaints of fires.

For those used car owners who want to see if their vehicle has been recalled and/or repaired, go to www.myford.com and enter your vehicle’s VIN.

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