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Ford Recalls 20,000 Pickup Trucks and Crossovers

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On: Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 10:59AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

Ford Recalls 20,000 Pickup Trucks  and Crossovers

At any given time in our country it’s a safe bet that there is an auto recall occuring. Most of these recalls are of the preventive kind. A problem is detected early on and a quick fix is orchestrated before serious damage can occur. On some level this is reassuring when you consider that auto manufacturers are constantly testing the performance of their models no matter how old they might be.

The latest vehicle recall involves the Ford heavy duty pickup trucks. The issue in this recall is a potential electrical short that could ignite a fire. Certainly, not a situation any driver wants to contend with.

The process of a recall starts when the motor company notifies the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Once the recall has been registered with the NHTSA, then the automaker can begin to implement the fix program. This recall will impact around 20,000 trucks that were sold mostly in the U.S. with a limited supply being sold in Canada.

Ford intends to have all the owners notified by January 10th. The vehicles targeted in this recall at the F-series pickups, small sports utility vehicles the Edge and Lincoln MKX. Ford spokesman Wes Sherwood stated that there have been no reports of crashes or fires resulting from this issue that have been filed with the company.

Ford was able to trace back the problem to a specific supplier which made body control modules that could be the cause of the electrical short. This was a very limited six-day period of being supplied with these modules. The autos in question were built between the end of October and the middle of November, 2010.

According to the official NHTSA filing, “If an electrical short develops, an overheating condition may occur which can result in an unattended vehicle fire.”

The specifics of this recall break down to 13,200 Super Duty F-Series trucks, which are the F-250, the F-350, and the F-450 models. Additionally, a few 476 F-150 pickup trucks are also being called back to the dealerships for the fix. Finally, close to 6,200 Edge and MKX models are also affected, Sherwood said. Edge and MKX have been deemed crossover vehicles. This is the result of them being assembled on a car platform as opposed to the larger SUV truck platform.

Good news for the truck owners: Ford will be picking up the tab for the repairs (as they should!). The only stipulation is that the fix has to happen at a Ford dealership. There’s no word on how long each individual repair will take.

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