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From the Bad Timing Department: As the battle for market share in the shrinking U.S. light truck market heated up with the introduction of General Motors' new models, Ford announced Thursday that it is recalling 1.2 million trucks, SUVs and vans in the U.S. to fix faulty wiring in the cruise control system.

The problem lies in the interaction between the cruise control deactivation switch and the brake system, that in rare instances can cause the switch to overheat and catch fire. The fix involves installing an inline fuse in the cruise control system.

The recall includes 1994-2002 F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550 trucks; 1994-1996 Econoline vans; 1996-2002 E-450 trucks; 1998 Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer SUVs; and 2000-2002 Excursion SUVs.

Ford recalled about 5 million trucks last year for the same problem.

[Source: Reuters]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Ford can thank the UAW for this.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Where are all of the Toyota bashers now? Toyota had some recalls and a lot of you came out and trashed them, saying "see, they build junk, too."

      Now that the shoe is on the other foot, what do you have to say, guys?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I still don't understand the point of the American people? You built a great country, pioneered some of the greatest companies of the world. Opened your door to old enemies to encourage world commerce and you would like nothing less but to close all American Compagnie down!!!


      Been Canadian I really don't understand the American philosophy. You are all screwed up. What's going to be next McDonald's over Sushi? Never know there is less calorie in sushi...a BigMac is fattening....

      I will only tell all you Americans one thing. If times become hard and America is pulled in to a world war, I would like to see how many of you so called Tuner car companies help the American cause!

      Now I remember it was the Toyota/Honda JEEP or the Willies/FORD Jeep.

      Please continue bashing your own kind and let the rest of the world laugh at you while you destroy your own pride.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Where are all of the Toyota bashers now? Toyota had some recalls and a lot of you came out and trashed them, saying "see, they build junk, too."

      Now that the shoe is on the other foot, what do you have to say, guys?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Come on anti-domestics bashers!

      Let's get ready to R U M B L E!

      LOL!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Lets take a look at this recall a bit closer. I agree, the recall is for a lot of trucks, but if it takes 10 years to discover a 'problem' on a feature used almost as much as the radio, then its not much of a problem.



      • 8 Years Ago
      Is the poster Oshawa forever a real person?

      I only ask because his latest post SEEMS to poke fun at Americans. Yet, if his lousy grammar and pathetic spelling are examples of what the Canadian elementary school produces (this person could NOT have graduated from a high school, much less a college) the U.S. will never be dead last in educational standards.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm not sure what this thread has to do with Toyota, Glenn.

      Even if Ford had to recall every car it has ever made that is still on the road, crush them and refund its customers it still would not excuse Toyota's recalls. And Ford's aren't excused by Toyota's.

      You and many other people here need to get out of this my car manufacturer vs. your car manufacturer ego battle. It's getting more difficult to tell exactly who makes a car and where it's from. And it doesn't matter.

      The tone of your post makes it seem like you're trying to start a fight here. Why do you feel the need to do that?

      Just go enjoy your car, whatever it is.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ball joints are a vended part, it's not always the manufacturer.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why don't the domestic manufacturers realize it's cheaper to build them correctly the first time? Today Ford is recalling vehicles for defective cruise controls for the second time. Yesterday Chrysler announced its third recall for defective ball joints.