• Aug 3rd 2007 at 6:48PM
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This one almost slipped past us as we readied for the weekend, but Ford announced a big recall today, involving 3.6 million vehicles with a faulty cruise control switch that could potentially cause a fire. This is essentially a follow-up to the January recall involving 6 mil light trucks for basically the same concern. This newest recall affects about a dozen different Ford, Lincoln and Mercury models from model years 1992-2007. Ford is apparently undertaking this latest recall in response to complaints that the speed control deactivation switch is always on.
According to Ford spokesman, Dan Jarvis, "Customers remain concerned about the long-term durability of the speed control system and about the safety of their vehicles." Jarvis admitted that the company had received "a few reports of fires" in Crown Vics already, but no deaths, injuries or accidents from this problem.

The full list of vehicles being recalled is a long one: 1998-2002 Ford Ranger, 1992-1997 Lincoln Town Car, 1992-1997 Ford Crown Victoria, 1992-1997 Mercury Grand Marquis, 1993-1998 Lincoln Mark VIII, 1993-1995 Taurus SHO, 1999-2001 Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer, 2001-2002 Ford Explorer Sport, 2001-2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac, 1992-1993 E150-350 vans, 1997-2002 E150-350 vans, 1993 Ford F-Series pickups, 1993 Ford Bronco, 1994 Mercury Capri, 2003-2004 Ford F-150 Lightning, and 1995-2002 Ford F53 motor homes.

Letters will also be sent to 177,000 owners of similar vehicles in Canada, Mexico and Europe.

In case you're counting, and we know some of you are, this is sixth recall for speed control system concerns by Ford since 1999. Altogether there have been 10.4 million vehicles involved.

Thanks for tips, everybody.

[Source: Forbes]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      How the hell did this news just pop in between the...


      I bet half of them aren't even on the roads. :V
        • 8 Years Ago
        Uh, something must've gone wrong, because now it's on top...

        Yeah, moving on.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Just another day at the office.

      • 8 Years Ago
      How could they wait so long?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Mr. Jarvis will you speak to a family that has lost a son to this defective part? Will you give our family the support of the ford Motor Co. as a token of being the great American Car Company that you are? Or will you drag our family down in further grief and pain?
      I am so thankful to Ford, for standing up , and doing this recall, it will save so many lives, but My son is gone, he burned to death on 12-9-06 driving a 1993 lin. Mark VIII, 86k miles on it, with a faulty cruise control switch. Step -up now and take responsibility. God Bless your decision. deliciadawn@yahoo.com
        • 8 Years Ago
        Key thing to remember. Ford is not voluntarily recalling these cars. The NHTSA has advised them to do so (meaning forcing them). It wasn't until 2004 (that's > 13 years and > 16M cars sold with that defect) that Ford started recalling these cars that had this defect when they were sold in 1991 (and Ford had video evidence of the fire hazard and how fericous the fire became at that time).

        I'm sorry to hear that you lost your son as I couldn't imaging losing mine. I can slightly commisurate as my parents were close family friends who lost a child in the Pinto crashes (Ford lawyers were at the hospital 2 days after the disaster with a confidentiality agreement and settlement money). There Ford did not recall right away until the punitive damages from the lawsuits and the pressure Nader and other safety advocates applied.
      • 8 Years Ago
      So it's a TI-made part? At least it's not a Visteon part. My Hyundai is loaded with Visteon stuff. Yeah. They sell to the foreign brands too.

      When Ford does a recall on a part like this, I have to wonder if it also indirectly affects my car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Found On Road Dead...
      Why am I not surprised
      • 8 Years Ago

      Payton Lewis 9/9/84-12/9/06 is in your extended network

      Payton Lewis 9/9/84-12/9/06's Blurbs
      About me:
      Payton was killed on 12/9/2006 due to a car crash involving fire. Up-Date The special investigators have made a decision on the cause of the car fire, as being sure so far, that the $ 20 cruise control switch failed , causing a fire under the left side of the engine in front of the driver, Payton. This $20 part should have been recalled, Ford knew there was problems, but yet, still lets people drive around with it. That is murder! if you ask me? Please beware if you drive a Ford Motor Company Car or Truck, check the recall list, a 20.00 part that should be recalled can kill you via engine fires!!!!!! All we ask is that out of this horrible tragic death , good comes. God has said that all comes together for good. Payton was God's servant here on Earth, and is now his servant in Heaven. Payton lifestyle on earth was for God's eternal glory and purpose. Payton understood his purpose in life was to please God, not people. This is our goal as Payton's and God Family, to help build Payton's Project, which promotes these values; 1. building a unshakable Christ like core character qualities. 2. Helping people find their life plan ( God's Mission in this world.

      PaytonsProject.org this web-site is now up Please visit the site and leave us a message of support ..

      From Payton's Mother: and Brothers

      Making Houses Into Homes

      Payton Tyler Lewis my son, was 22 years old , he died on the 9th of December . He was driving on hwy 376. Payton was driving a Lincoln Mark VIII, 1993 with less than 85000 miles on it. The car was examined by the dealerships Certified Techs. three times and they said the car was in mechanically sound condition. (As they had stated on E-bay where I had purchased the car). Well, They lied! The car ( A ford Motor Company Product) produces cars and trucks with defective deactivation switches in the cruise controls. The techs , told us that this was just the way the cars are designed, the accessories come up and on automatically " it's a luxury car". The car caught fire in the front of the car in the engine compartment on the left side, right, where his vision would have been disrupted. He tried to pull over on the left side of the road but, the brake lines had already burned thru. he tried to avoid a tree by pulling the car to the left, but the car slid into two trees, killing Payton age 22 and his girlfriend Sam. The eye witnesses of the accident pulled there car around and called 911, over 30 min. (response time), before a officer arrived. approx. 5 miles from the fire station/Whitehouse Police Department. Darning this time the two Witnesses sat in there car, in shock, not believing what they had witnessed. The Lincoln passed them with a engine fire, the pulled over to the left side of the road, hitting the trees, then the car continued to slowly burn and with every pop of the tires the wait seemed endless and heart breaking, Being in shock and afraid to go close to the car to reddener aid they felt helpless. They did what they could do called 911 for help. Thank you , Jessica and Kandice for your bravery and calling for help. At 4:30 am My world stopped, when the trooper notified me That there had been two fatalities in a car fire. When the car left my house, both of my sons Payton and Jason where in the car, so I thought Jason was in the car too! I ran to the bedroom and suddenly saw Jason in the bed, He jumped up saying whets wrong? and realized, that Payton wasn't there and that it was Samantha and Payton in the Car. Oh God! Why? What Do I do? What do I do?......... I was unable to give my son a open casket burial because his body was burned beyond recognition. When I saw his body , although most could not see him ,I as a mother could tell it was my baby Payton, the baby I brought into this world, the body that is also my body is now burned like he was nothing! I could see Payton's muscles that he used to build his house projects. I saw Payton's strong jaw line and neck that people always found so handsome. And as the undertaker unzipped the plastic black bag in the cold storage area lined with boxes, I saw Payton's big toe seemed to be almost in tact . Although it was blacked and burned from the fire I could tell it was Paytons big toe. And Then I remembered my little babies toes the little toes I had kissed when he was a child. And My big boys' toes that I had pulled and popped as we sat on the couch together watching movies together. The same toes and ankle he had broken in Poteet Texas at a high school football game. A Mother remembers these little things about their children. My son was a simple man. With big dreams. Dreams that were the driving force for what Payton wanted to accomplish in life. Providing families with the very basic of housing. With Gods help we will fulfill Pa
        • 8 Years Ago
        Thank you so much for your comment, whenever I hear of these stories now ,I say thank God you made it out alive! PLease feel fre to contact via www.paytonsproject.org . we ask people leave messages of support of this request of Ford.
        Paytons Project has asked for Ford To step up right now! and become a corporate sponsor of Paytons Project, to at least keep Paytons' Dream Alive. It is all I have left and a box of ashes.

        Delicia Lewis (CEO of Payton's Project)
        • 8 Years Ago
        To the mother of Payton,

        I read your story with great sadness....NO parent should ever have to bury their child, but unfortunately sometimes life isn't fair. It may not alleviate the pain, but he is in a much better place.

        As far as that Mark VIII,yes, that cruise control switch is the culprit. My Mark VIII caught fire as it was just sitting in my garage at 1AM! Had the alarm not sounded because the wires had burned through it probably would have burned my house down as I was asleep. It was only through my quick actions and a few burned fingers that I averted a real disaster.

        After reading of your story, my story and any other story pales in comparison. I am reading all of these other comments people debating Ford against Toyota, who's good, whose bad, etc etc, and all I want to say is "IDIOTS! WAKE UP!!!" This is a REAL PROBLEM, and it does not require debate, it requires ACTION to make Ford do the RIGHT THING!

        To me, the debate is over.....time to figure out some actions to take!

        And God Bless Payton Tyler Lewis
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow. I was just checking out the new Ford Flex page a moment ago. Nevermind. I cannot fathom how an educated buyer could consider a ford when an inevitable massive failure is around the corner to either a)incapicitate the car, b)burn me horribly and/or kill me, c)put my family in danger. As much as I think most Japanese models are boring, at least they wont threaten my life.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Good thing you only know about this Ford recall. You are correct, no Japanese model car has any recalls ever. Ignorance truly is bliss huh?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yes, let's put 100% of the blame towards Ford. That is about as stupid as people putting 100% blame towards Ford when their 10 year old Firestone spare (which had been recalled) blows up and the vehicle flips and you were too stupid to wear a seatbelt and were the only one hurt in the vehicle.

      People need to realize that TEXAS INSTRUMENTS built this product. And they also used materials sourced from DUPONT.

      Hey Jeff, go drive a Toyota pickup that has a faulty steering system that could fail while doing 70 mph down the freeway. And you kno what's funny, my whole family has bought nothing but Ford products for the last 50 years and not one of them has had any serious problem. You don't have to believe me but it is the truth. So you are gonna dump the Big 3 for new import products that aren't proven? Makes sense...not.
        • 8 Years Ago
        No one said Toyotas are perfect, at least not in this post. Its a ball joint recall for premature wear. If you perform maintenance as a responsible owner, an alignment shop will find this LONG before it becomes dangerous.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Yea, Toyota recalled their faulty ball joints. Ford did not. I got a letter in the mail explaining how to inspect them. Sure enough, they failed prematurely. I replaced them before they broke, but I was none to happy to be doing so on a car with mileage in the mid five digits.

        Ford was nice enough to make the upper ball joint a permanent part of the control arm, which tripled the cost of the new parts. New Moog control arms have replaceable joints.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It would be nice if they actually fixed the problem. They installed a fused harness in my F150. There could still be a current draw where there should not be, but it will blow the fuse before it becomes enough to start a fire. Very poor customer service if you ask me.

      I'm done with the big 2.5 for at least the next ten years. They need to prove to me that they have changed for good. Show me long term results. I have spent around $75K over the past ten years on domestic brands, and every one has been less than satisfactory from a reliability standpoint.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Well Jeff, quit buying Ford products then.
      • 8 Years Ago
      i would personally rather walk than drive or own a ford. credit where credit is due, they did initiate a voluntary recall. i like GM and they have had just as many recalls. i worked at a japanese car dealership and the recalls (just as many as GM or ford) were handled in a quiet fashion. when the vehicle came in for service the owner was told there was a recall and it would be taken care of if the vehicle met the requirements. any vehicles not done in a specific period of time were sent a notice by mail. voluntary but quiet.
      my own personal feeling is that import owners keep their vehicles longer than domestic buyers. by the time a recall like this goes out the average ford is likely on it's 3rd owner. how do you track down those people?
      i don't like you ford, but you did admit that you still haven't fixed the problem.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Eh, complete bs. Recall notices are sent to customers. Dealers are NOT doing any voluntary work to your car. Do you even own a car?

        The dealer experience is about the same for any make (I suppose we can separate luxury and non-luxury), it just depends a great deal on the particular dealer what kind of service you get.
        • 8 Years Ago
        do i even own a car? what kind of stupid comment is that? dealers are doing voluntary recalls. that's why you know about them. you find out that your vehicle needs an updated part that the dealer by law has to install for free. you go to the dealer. they put the parts in and you drive the vehicle home. free. my olds achieva needed a relay installed in the starter circuit to avoid a potential column fire. fixed free. my suzuki grand vitara had a casting defect in the front axle differential. the oil fill plug was cast too low on the housing and if you fill the oil to the bottom of the hole like usual there isn't enough lube. they inspected my front gears and performed the factory checks and then filled the oil to the right level. it needs to be over filled and is messy but i've had no problems with the driveline and that was 100,000km ago.
        with my achieva i heard about it on the news. with the suzuki i got a letter. believe whatever you want. either way i did find out about the recall and the vehicle was inspected and/or repaired free. i just think if domestic auto makers would like to change the perception of what they are building they should find some new ways to go about the unfavourable task of letting consumers know they own a defective vehicle.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Reports say several people have been killed by these things.

      It just has to be morally better and cheaper, Ford's primary concern, to make these things right in the first place.
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