• Feb 29, 2008

If you drive a Ford product built before 2005, do us all a favor and give your dealership a call. Ask them if your car or truck is one of the 10 million vehicles out there recalled for repair of a cruise control switch. Trust us, this is not something you want to ignore, as there have been fires, lawsuits, and deaths attributed to this issue.

Word from Washington is that federal safety officials are concerned as less than half of the recalled vehicles have been returned to dealerships for repair (come on people, we told you about this in August, 2006!). This has triggered a rare "consumer advisory" from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration who are urging motorists to take action. Ford is also re-notifying owners. The NHTSA is also quick to point out that there is no need to schedule an appointment for the repair as some dealers are even providing quick drive-through services for the fix.

The long list of recalled vehicles has been included after the jump.

[Source: Automotive News, subs. req'd]



The full list of affected vehicles from the NHTSA:

  • 1993-2004 Ford F-150
  • 1993-1999 F-250 (gasoline engine)
  • 1993-1996 Ford Bronco
  • 1994-1996 Ford Econoline
  • 1997-2002 Ford Expedition
  • 1998-2002 Lincoln Navigator
  • 1998-2002 Ford Ranger
  • 1992-1998 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis, Lincoln Town Car
  • 1993-1998 Lincoln Mark VIII
  • 1993-1995 Ford Taurus SHO with automatic transmission
  • 1994 Mercury Capri
  • 1998-2001 Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer
  • 2001-2002 Ford Explorer Sport and Explorer Sport Trac
  • 1992-1993 and 1997-2003 Ford E-150-350 gasoline or natural gas vehicles
  • 2002 Ford E-550 gasoline engine vehicles
  • 1996-2003 Ford E-450 gasoline or natural gas vehicles
  • 1994-2002 Ford F-250 through F-550 Super Duty trucks (gasoline engine)
  • 2000-2002 Ford Excursion (gasoline engine)
  • 2003 Ford F-250-F-550 Super Duty, Ford Excursion
  • 1995-2002 Ford F-53 motor home chassis
  • 2002-2003 Lincoln Blackwood


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Okay, let's stop and look at things in perspective here.

      1. NOBODY, independent or NHTSA, has been able to confirm that this part is causing fires. That being said, organizations need to be careful what they say, because if any of the attorneys at Ford got wind of some of the publications claiming the are, these places would be libel for slander.

      2. Even though no link between the cruise control switch and fires have been confirmed, Ford is STILL forfitting millions for the safety of the customer.

      3. This recall is NOT new!!! It has been around since August 2006. I do not feel any pity for anyone who is complaining about this. You have had over a year and a half to simply make an appointment! Stop procrastinating and get your vehicle fixed. It's FREE for goodness sake!

      4. Some dealerships aren't even making you get out of your vehicle! You just pull up and have it disconnected. How much lazier can one be for passing that service up?

      All in all, Ford has been more than responsible for an unproven problem. Quit whining about the corporations that are actually being proactive!

      What a grand country we live in here in America, we get waited on hand and foot and still complain. What a shame...
        • 6 Years Ago
        "3. This recall is NOT new!!! It has been around since August 2006. I do not feel any pity for anyone who is complaining about this. You have had over a year and a half to simply make an appointment! Stop procrastinating and get your vehicle fixed. It's FREE for goodness sake!

        4. Some dealerships aren't even making you get out of your vehicle! You just pull up and have it disconnected. How much lazier can one be for passing that service up?"

        It may not be new but I didn't get notified until Sept. '07.
        Ford dealers are not "fixing" the CC, they're disabling it. So if it's really been since '06, that means lots of ford owners have potentially been driving without CC for a year and a half or so.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Just wanted you to know the recall was issued after most of the fires and deaths that is why Ford recalled the part. And yes, some parts have been found to have "internally failed"
        I am thankful that Ford has stepped up and urging the public to come get the cruise control at least dis-connected it will save lives. It is just to late for my son who burned to alive on 12-09-06 driving a lin. mark viii.
      • 6 Years Ago
      ...and if your vehicle isn't in this list, you're not out of the woods yet.

      Many other Ford vehicles used this same cruise control switch. But if the application happened to place it in a matter that it didn't tend to result in a fire, they didn't recall it.

      Yet the switch will still fail. Example: My '00 Windstar uses the same switch. The brake pressure switch is attached to the "front" end of the master cylinder. The Windstar's FWD placement means leaking brake fluid won't contact the exhaust manifold (which is where the fire hazard comes from). But my switch failed (lack of cruise control and an oil click on the wiring harness under the master cylinder are the all-too-common signs). An easy fix - but I had to pay for the part myself.
        • 6 Years Ago
        FALSE. The fire hazzard comes from electrical current passing through brake fluid. Ford is doing NOTHING to fix the eventual leak. All they are doing is putting a fuse in the cruise control harness. Nice fix, huh?

        After this and many other issues like defective ball joints that were never recalled, I hope my F150 and its new owner are enjoying each other's company.
        • 6 Years Ago
        ha ha just went to the ford dealer to ask about this not fifteen minutes ago and they said the only thing they can do is disable the cruise control because they wont get the necessary parts in until may for my sisters 2003 ranger. Haven't even got anything in the mail. Meanwhile Volkswagen mailed me periodic reminders for my cars (2001 GTI) recall and couldnt have been easier or more friendly to schedule an appointment for the fix which isn't life threatening as this apparently is. Ahh that "crappy" Volkswagen service.
      • 6 Years Ago
      We have an E350 Club Wagon as a company vehicle and I got the same response from the service department as Conner. In November they said the part was back ordered until early '08 and all they would do is disable the cruise control. Two weeks ago they said not until late Spring.
      I guess they're making each of the 10 million piece one at a time.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Heh, the cruise control buttons on my '01 Taurus decide they don't want to work sometimes, but that doesn't mean my feet stop operating. Then again, most of the stuff in that car only works well when it wants to - probably like the union that built it.

      I'm never taking it back to the dealer though. They raped my wallet last time I brought it there even though they only did a "diagnostic." They managed to find things wrong with the car that weren't actually wrong, and despite a lot of arguing and the car still being under warranty, I was still out an inordinate amount of money. An indie shop down the street cost less to not only diagnose the REAL problem, but to fix it and two other things as well.

      Stevens' Ford can go [insert expletives detailing the forceful insertion of objects into unwilling orifices here].
      • 6 Years Ago
      Don't blame the dealers, Ford isn't handling this very well. I work at Ford dealer and we just got a small shipment of harnesses which are going really fast. Since our next shipment is no where in sight and Ford can't tell us anything we are taking reservations for the parts. Pretty sad considering the seriousness of this recall.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Andy99gt - Amen.

      Alright, you didn't get the notice. Well, I didn't either... but I read about it in the paper and called the Ford dealer right away. They didn't have the part so I called the Mercury dealer. My Explorer was fixed two hours later.

      Stop your whining, get off your a$$ and be proactive with your life.

      Yeah, I received notice shortly afterwards, but had already had it fixed.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Thank you Jim.

        My basic point is that they are being proactive over the issue. Like it or not, companies are not autonamous. They are run by human beings and I'm sure the people at Ford weren't sitting around a table in the early 90's saying "Gee, let's contract this company to build a part for our vehicles that we'll have to spend millions or even billions of dollars fixing in the future." Ford is doing their best to resolve the issue. If the supplier isn't giving Ford the part, then Ford isn't going to be able to give the dealer the part and in turn install it in your vehicle. And the service techs at the dealership aren't to blame either. They're told when the parts are estimated to be in and are relaying the information to the consumer.


        If we all want talk about something really worth worrying about, take a peak at the housing market and how these mortgage companies are letting home owners flounder because of sub prime mortgages. Now, that's a problem worth raising your voices about.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I learned over 40 years ago what it was like to have a Ford ('66 Fairlane company car).

      Worst new car I ever experienced and have avoided Fords ever since.

      Why do people torture themselves with these lemons when there are so many better choices out there?
      • 6 Years Ago
      To elaborate on an earlier comment above, the defect here has nothing to do with the fluid contacting hot parts, it actually occurs because at a very simplified level the switch consists of a liquid portion and an electric portion, and over time the thin film that separates these two "sides" wears away and allows the very flammable brake fluid to come in contact with the electric side of the switch which causes ignition and then fire.
      • 6 Years Ago
      With any of these vehicles, who's going back to the dealer for service. Either the owner is DYI, going to a quickieloob or neglecting the vehicle.

      I may check on my '01 Ranger but until then, he's sleeping outside!
      • 6 Years Ago
      My, my... Ford seems to be having quite a few recalls lately...
      • 6 Years Ago
      My 94 Grand Marquis is still waiting for the recall part, 6 months after the recall notice and my having the dealer disconnect the CC.

      I'm personally fed up with Ford products and would never buy another.

      My Mercury has less that 40K miles and has had all 4 power windows motors replaced and one is now broken again. I'm due for the forth replacement of the intermittent wiper switch as well. Our family has owned 3 different Ford cars/minivans and all have had a number of similar problems. Seems like the Fix Or Repair Daily acronym applies.
        • 6 Years Ago

        You're complaining about a 14 year old car's power window motor? Regardless of the mileage its 14 years of windows going up and down.

        If that's the only problem you have out of a 14 year old car...you should be thankful!
      • 6 Years Ago
      What was wrong with the Cruise Control Button? I have a E150 with broken Clock Spring AKA Airbag Slide. Cruise Control and Horn not working. Is there also a recall about this? Ford here in my area s#cks. They don't know even know what's a clock spring.
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