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Ford Adds Another 1.2 mil Trucks to F-Series Recall

Feds also expanding probe into possible “rollaway” Fords.

by on Apr.14, 2011

Ford now has expanded the F-Series recall to include more than 1.3 million trucks.

Under pressure from federal regulators who had expanded an investigation into a reported airbag problem, Ford Motor Co. now says it will recall another 1.2 million F-Series pickups, increasing more than tenfold a recall first announced in February.

The maker initially planned to recall just 144,000 F-Series trucks produced at its plant in Norfolk.  An apparent assembly line problem was blamed for occasional wiring damage that could cause the vehicle’s airbags to fire inadvertently.  But government regulators argued that the recall should cover a far broader range of the full-size trucks.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, meanwhile, has expanded a probe of 1.5 million Ford sport-utility vehicles linked to a defect that could cause them to roll away even though the driver believed the vehicle had been shifted into Park.

“We’re recalling the complete population of (F-Series) trucks built between 2003 – which marked the start of production of the all-new 2004 truck – and 2006, 1.2 million vehicles in the U.S.” explained Ford spokesman Wes Sherwood, following the makers decision to expand the original safety action.


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.