• May 12, 2009
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A total of 8,735 2009 Ford F-150 pickups are being recalled for stop lamps that may not illuminate during very mild brake pedal applications. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the culprit is a "brake stop lamp switch" that is improperly adjusted. Although the recall campaign does not mention any injuries as a result of the vehicle defect, the delayed brake lamps may increase the risk of an accident so owners are asked to bring their trucks in for repair.

As expected, Ford dealers will inspect and reinstall the brake stop lamp switch on affected F-150 models free of charge to consumers in a national campaign beginning on or before May 13, 2009. Owners with questions are encouraged to contact the Ford Motor Company Company Consumer Relationship Department at 1-866-436-7332 or online at www.ownerconnection.com. Recall campaign press release after the jump.

[Source: NHTSA]

Vehicle Make / Model: FORD / F-150
Model Year(s): 2009

Manufacturer: FORD MOTOR COMPANY
Mfr's Report Date: APR 29, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V150000 N/A
NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: EXTERIOR LIGHTING:BRAKE LIGHTS:SWITCH
Potential Number of Units Affected: 8735

Summary:

FORD IS RECALLING 8,735 MY 2009 F-150 TRUCKS FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, "LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT." THE BRAKE STOP LAMP SWITCH MAY BE IMPROPERLY ADJUSTED. THIS MAY RESULT IN A DELAY IN BRAKE STOP LAMP ILLUMINATION WHEN THE BRAKE PEDAL IS DEPRESSED. IN SITUATIONS OF VERY MILD BRAKE APPLICATION, THE BRAKE STOP LAMPS MAY NOT ILLUMINATE.

Consequence:

DELAY OR LOSS OF BRAKE STOP LAMP FUNCTION MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF AN ACCIDENT.

Remedy:

DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND HAVE THE BRAKE STOP LAMP SWITCH REMOVED AND REINSTALLED WHICH WILL PROVIDE PROPER ADJUSTMENT. THE REMEDY WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE MAY 13, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FORD MOTOR COMPANY CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP CENTER AT 1-866-436-7332. OR THROUGH THE INTERNET AT WWW.OWNERCONNECTION.COM.

Notes:

FORD RECALL NO. 09C07. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


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      • 5 Years Ago
      At least there were only
        • 5 Years Ago
        Blast, the rest of the comment got cut off.

        I meant to say "At least there were only 9000 this time...and they aren't catching on fire."
      • 5 Years Ago
      9000 is an awfully small recall. I thought Fight Club taught us that automakers don't bother with recalls that small. :P

      Is ford... "doing the right thing?"
      • 5 Years Ago
      Still looks better than the Tundra.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm sure Ford is happy it doesn't involve tires. :-)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Gotta love those first year new car models
      • 5 Years Ago
      Where are the import haters now? I hate to rub it in but they seem to not be able to withhold themselves when it's Mazda or Toyota.

      I love it: "at least they caught it early".
        • 5 Years Ago
        The import haters only exist in response to the domestic haters. Maybe you could all just stop and we won't have to wonder where you are...

        As for this recall... 9000 is nothing, thankfully. What's that, one day's production? LOL...
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm not a hater of Ford - I think they are doing fairly well. I'm just stating a long-worn trail of immaturity.

        In fact, a friend was surprised yesterday when I said that another friend, if they can, should wait to see the new Taurus as they want a new car. That and the Avalon are two solid full-size cars. Of course, I hope the quality is there on the Taurus, and I'd still want to wait a year to see how it does, but that's better than how I think their former products were.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Everyone has them now so it's not a matter of the recall but the size and how long a company goes before doing something about it.

      The good news is this is a relatively minor recall. It's not as if the tailgates are falling off and you can still drive the truck into the dealer to be fixed. Besides, most people drive with heads up their rear ends and rarely notice a stopped car until they're on top of it anyways. So the moderate use of brakes is a rare event!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can they recall it for being an ugly, anemic, overweight pig while they are at it. That seems to be more of an issue that brake lamps.
        • 5 Years Ago
        HAHAHA!!!

        Too funny.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like Hyundai & Ford share same supplier for the brake lights. Wasn't it only a week ago that Hyundai recalled their vehicles for the exact same issue??

      I would be interested in knowing who the supplier is. I can bet other manufacturers also use the same supplier & their recalls also might be coming.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ouch
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, can't win them all. But at least it was notice early :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thankfully it's just a lamp! Not a rusting frame like on the Toyota... :)

        (I just posted a Fanboy Post) heh heh..
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh I agree! But it's about the same thing has having a bulb out. No biggie!

        Now rusting frames on the other hand can make entire vehicle components fall off, fly across the road and kill little children playing in a park! See how evil Toyota is with their rusting frames?

        LOL TOTAL JOKE FOLKS..... TOTAL JOKE ;)
        Just playing the fanboy card for once..... It's amusing................. to me anyway ;)
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