Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Ford Recalls Additional 4.5M Vehicles.

The AP (10/13, Krisher, Manning) reported, "Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday it will add 4.5 million older-model vehicles to the long list of those recalled because a defective cruise control switch could cause a fire. The latest voluntary action pushes Ford's total recall due to faulty switches to 14.3 million registered vehicles over 10 years, capping the company's largest cumulative recall in history involving a single problem." Ford "has struggled for a decade with the problem, which has prompted hundreds of complaints and dozens of lawsuits over fires allegedly caused by faulty switches."

Bloomberg News (10/14) reports, "The voluntary recall affects models of vans and trucks including Windstars, Rangers, and Explorers. The switch, made by Texas Instruments Inc., can leak and then overheat, smoke, or burn." No "deaths or injuries are linked to the defect."

Read more about this recall and the involved vehicles.

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