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Fire Risk Forces Ford to Recall 1.2 Mil Pickups

Rusty straps could cause trucks to drop fuel tanks, leak, burn.

by on Aug.01, 2011

The 2002 Ford F-150 is among 1.1 million pickups targeted for recall due to a potential fire risk.

Ford is recalling more than a million full-size pickups in the U.S. and Canada due to a possible fire risk.  But federal regulators are continuing to investigate and may add another 1.6 million more trucks to the recall list.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration upgraded its investigation into the problem, in May, after receiving 243 reports involving fuel tank problems that could lead to a leak and fire.

“Our investigation is still open until NHTSA can fully evaluate the steps Ford has taken today,” said NHTSA spokeswoman Lynda Tran.

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Those steps include the recall of 1.1 million pickups produced between 1997 and 2004.  An additional 120,000 face recall in Canada.  The affected vehicles include F-150 pickups built between 1997 and 2003, as well as the 2004 F-150 Heritage model.  Also on the list: 1997 to 1999 F-250 models weighing in under 8,500 pounds, as well as the 2002-03 Lincoln Blackwood pickup.