Ford Recalling 3.6 Million Vehicles For Faulty Cruise Control Switch

WASHINGTON (AP) - Ford Motor Co. said Friday it is recalling 3.6
million passenger cars, trucks, sport utility vehicles and vans to
address concerns about a cruise control switch that has led to
previous recalls based on reports of fires.
Ford said the recall covered more than a dozen vehicle models
built from 1992-2007. The company said it was responding to
concerns from owners about the safety of their cars and questions
about the speed control deactivation switch in the vehicles that is
powered at all times.
The Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker previously had recalled
nearly 6 million vehicles beginning in January 2005 because of
engine fires linked to the cruise control systems in trucks, SUVs
and vans.
"Customers remain concerned about the long-term durability of
the speed control system and about the safety of their vehicles,"
said Ford spokesman Dan Jarvis.
He said the automaker had received "a few reports of fires" in
Ford Crown Victoria passenger cars prior to the recall. He did not
have a precise number.
The recall involves the following vehicles: 1998-2002 Ford
Ranger, 1992-1997 Lincoln Town Car, 1992-1997 Ford Crown Victoria,
1992-1997 Mercury Grand Marquis, 1993-1998 Lincoln Mark VIII,
1993-1995 Taurus SHO, 1999-2001 Ford Explorer and Mercury
Mountaineer.
Also covered are the 2001-2002 Ford Explorer Sport, 2001-2002
Ford Explorer Sport Trac, 1992-1993 E150-350 vans, 1997-2002
E150-350 vans, 1993 Ford F-Series pickups, 1993 Ford Bronco, 1994
Mercury Capri, 2003-2004 Ford F-150 Lightning, and 1995-2002 Ford
F53 motor homes.
An additional 177,000 vehicles in Canada, Mexico and Europe are
covered by the recall.
Jarvis said there have been no deaths, injuries or accidents
associated with the recall.
It was Ford's sixth recall, involving a total of more than 10.4
million vehicles, conducted since 1999 because of problems with the
speed control system, according to the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration.
The nation's largest single recall involved 7.9 million Ford
vehicles in 1996 to replace an ignition switch.
Texas Instruments Inc. supplied the speed control switch in all
of the vehicles covered under Friday's announcement, Ford said. A
TI spokeswoman could not immediately comment.
Owners will begin receiving recall notices on Aug. 13. Jarvis
said the parts for passenger cars would not be available until
early October. In the meantime, owners can take their vehicle to a
dealer to have their cruise control deactivated until the parts
arrive. The parts are available for trucks, Jarvis said.
Dealers will install a fused wiring harness into the speed
control electrical system or replace the deactivation switch if its
found to be leaking.
Owners with questions about the recall can contact Ford at (888)
222-2751.
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