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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.


Ford Recalling 360,000 F-150s

Defective door handles could pop open in crash.

by on Feb.03, 2011

More than 360,000 F-150s are impacted by the recall in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

A defective door handle on late model Ford F-150 pickups could fail and pop open in the event of a crash, leading the Detroit maker to recall more than 360,000 of the trucks, it has announced.

The recall is the latest in a series of problems to strike Ford, a maker that has been gaining significant ground, in recent years, by emphasizing high quality and a focus on safety.

The latest action involves Ford F-Series pickups built between January 18, 2008 and November 30, 2009 at the maker’s truck plants in Kansas City and Dearborn, Michigan.  A total of 280,946 trucks from the 2009 and 2010 model-years with chrome interior door handles are covered in the U.S.  Another 68,000 models were sold in Canada, and 14,000 in Mexico.

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During regular usage, the springs inside the door handles may fail or weaken, and the handles may not return to the fully-closed position.  In the event of a collision, the maker said, that may cause a door to pop open – however Ford claims it has not been notified of any accidents or injuries related to the problem.

That underscores the tightening scrutiny potential safety problems are now receiving in the wake of last year’s numerous recalls at Toyota.  The maker was sharply criticized – and ultimately paid out nearly $50 million in fines – for failing to respond quickly enough to potential safety problems.