Ford recall includes year 2000 model year F-150 Truck, Expedition, Navigators and 2001 F-Series Supercrew Pickup Trucks Possibly The Ford Ranger, Ford Explorer & Mercury Mountaineer and Windstar Van may soon also be recalled due to fires as well.
Ford Motor Co. said on Friday it was investigating some of its top-selling pickup trucks, sport utility vehicles and minivans from 1997 to 2002 model years for possible fire risk from overheating of cruise control switches. The investigation, which could include millions of vehicles, follows Thursday’s recall of about 792,000 pickup trucks and SUVs for engine fires that may be sparked by the defective switches. The recall involved some of Ford’s biggest money-makers: 2000 model-year F-150 pickup trucks, Expedition and Navigator SUVs and 2001 model-year F-Series Supercrew pickup trucks equipped with cruise control. “We are also continuing to investigate other models,” Ford spokeswoman Kristen Kinley told Reuters.
Ford has so far received 68 complaints of fires from customers, she said. Ford is now looking into its Ranger pickup truck, Explorer and Mountaineer SUVs and Windstar minivan that are equipped with similar cruise control switches, but Kinley declined to reveal the number of vehicles involved. Those vehicles have so far not shown the same risk of fire as the recalled vehicles, she said. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is also looking into the complaints of fires. “We need to better understand why these (switches) are failing in the first place,” NHTSA spokesman Rae Tyson said. Ford is in the process of acquiring replacement cruise control switches for the recalled vehicles, which are connected to one injury. Last month, Ford recalled more than 600,000 Escapes and Mazda Tribute SUVs from the 2002-2004 model years because the accelerator cable may prevent the engine from returning to idle, which could increase stopping distance and result in a crash.
Ford is voluntarily issuing a safety recall to address under hood fires related to the speed control switch in four-to-five year old 2000 model year Ford F-150s, Ford Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators, as well as 2001 F-Series Supercrew trucks manufactured during the same time period as the other 2000 model year vehicles. Ford has been working closely with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to investigate this issue.
Ford will notify owners of approximately 792,000 2000 model year F-150s, Expeditions, Navigators and 2001 F-Series Supercrews equipped with speed control to have the electrical connector from the speed control disconnected. Ford is in the process of acquiring a sufficient supply of replacement speed control switches but, in the interim, our first step is to deactivate the speed control to eliminate the risk of fires. Once replacement switches are available, we will issue a second owner notification to have the switch replaced and the speed control reconnected.
Obviously, this interim action will disable the speed control. We recognize this may be an inconvenience, but we believe this preventive action is in the best interest of our customers’ safety.
Owners of affected vehicles will be notified by mail the beginning of February. Customers may also contact Ford’s Customer Assistance Center at 1-866-436-7332.