• Oct 23, 2010
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, there are around 8.4 million recalled Ford vehicles on the road right now that have never been serviced for a potential fire risk. The vehicles are the remainder of a 14 million-unit recall that covered 1993-2003 F-Series pickups, 1995-2003 Windstars, 1995-2002 Explorers and 1995-2003 Rangers that were built with faulty cruise control units. The units could leak onto the vehicles' anti-lock brake system and cause a fire even if the vehicle is off.
Ford says that it has done its best to notify owners of the problem multiple times and NHTSA agrees that the company's efforts have been adequate. Unfortunately, many of the current owners may have bought the recalled vehicles used and thus may not even know that there's a potential problem.

The recall is the largest in the history of the automotive industry, so it should come as no surprise that there are still some loose ends to be tied up. Owners can search to see if there are outstanding recalls on their vehicles at the NHTSA website. If that's the case, NHTSA urges owners to take their vehicle to the dealer as soon as possible.

[Source: Automotive News]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I have two F250's affected by this recall and have had both fixed at a local ford dealer. Well I'm here to say it don't work. One of them caught fire last week and now they are saying they don't know if they are going to repair it or not. Ford corp says they will let me know in writing within fifteen days of their decision.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hardly even see a windstar or Ranger these days.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Some of these cars are nearly 20 years old. Recalled 11 years ago. You have to take into account how many of the total manufactured were still on the road even back in 99, let alone 2010! Especially considering most of these vehicles were among the most prevelently totalled vehicles in the c4c program last year. Id wager the true amount of these vehicles that really are still being driven have had the faulty texas instruments part replaced. Probably no less a percentage than most turnout for recall repairs.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ tombardi

        Wow, you really must be one of those people who like hearing themselves talk, regardless of the "junk" that comes out of your mouth.

        I clicked your profile and read all your other posts...it's all just snide, pointless, baseless remarks...mostly against Ford...

        Now I assume you are referring to build quality vs GM...well, companies who determine quality as a staple of their business (i.e. JD Power, Consumer Reports, and to a lesser extent IIHS) disagree with you time after time... for example here are the JD Power ratings for the last 5 years, Chevrolet and Ford Problems Per 100 Vehicles:

        2005 :: Ford - 231PP100 :: Chevrolet - 232PP100
        2006 :: Ford - 224PP100 :: Chevrolet - 241PP100
        2007 :: Ford - 221PP100 :: Chevrolet - 226PP100
        2008 :: Ford - 204PP100 :: Chevrolet - 239PP100
        2009 :: Ford - 159PP100 :: Chevrolet - 185PP100
        2010 :: Ford - 141PP100 :: Chevrolet - 176PP100

        I urge you to go to these links and read yourself that each of these companies agree that Ford is not only the highest ranked American car manufacturer in quality now, but also considered the highest in quality of ANY manufacturer for many of their models.

        http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/cars/index.htm

        http://businesscenter.jdpower.com/News.aspx

        http://www.iihs.org/ratings/default.aspx

        Fact is, I like a lot of GM products...but I don't like people who think they're fooling people who are more informed than they are...it gets old.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thats how long they have been them building JUNK ???????
      • 4 Years Ago
      My 2001 Ranger gets a recall letter every 4 months for the cruise control issue.
      I've not been bothered enough to get the damn thing fixed... so I guess I'm living on the edge. I even had service at the dealer and it wasn't addressed.

      It's not Ford's fault there are that many cars out there... I am the 3rd owner of this truck. didn't take long for them to hunt me down.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, it is actually their fault since they continued to use the switches until MY2004 even though they discovered the problem in 1999.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You had service at the dealership and it didn't fix the problem? That's pretty negligent on the dealer's part. Probably figured it wasn't worth the money Ford was paying them.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Zach, it's not the cruise control unit; it's the deactivation switch, a pressure transducer screwed into the master cylinder. It senses elevated fluid pressure (pressing on the brake pedal) and disengages the cruise.

        I had mine done at the dealer, even though I had earlier replaced the switch myself with a newer design Ford part, when I heard about the Expedition fires and recallrecall (before they got around to adding my F-150 to the recall).

        So now I have the new switch, an adapter harness (because the new switch uses a different connector), and the fused harness extension from the recall. What a mess.

        And yes, JayP, it only takes five minutes. It didn't even have to go into the garage - they fixed mine on the service drive.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @gearhead18

        I agree.

        I took my 2010 Forte in for her first oil change a few months ago and was informed of a "strut noise" TSB that must have added five minutes onto my service. I had never experienced the side-effects of this TSB.

        I had them do it, because really - why the heck NOT?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Here's a solution ford, have enough replacement units on hand that we don't need to leave our cars over night for 5 minutes worth of work.
      There was a shortage of the replacement parts for some time, and fords answer was disconnecting them.
      Hence, owners didn't want their cruise disconnected for an undisclosed amount of time.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Gearhead, NOW that's the way it's done.
        When the recall originally came in, there was literally a shortage of replacement parts.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Better yet, send me my parts and i'll put them in my damn self.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You don't need to leave it overnight, stop by and a tech can step out and do it for you. Then you can leave. Not a tough one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's really intelligent. Ford is one of the best car manufacturers today.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Of course people wouldn't even know of the problem. Ford recalled these cars over the period of a decade in many batches instead of just recalling them all at once like they should have.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So why exactly did I get voted down? Do people believe they did it right by taking 10 years to issue all the recalls for a 20 year problem?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ford is pretty diligent to get this out to the owners.

        Locally, a family lost a house to an Expedition catching fire in the garage. The owner said they had received numerous recall noticed and said they were warned about parking in a garage.

        People are lazy and think this crap won't happen to them. I am one of 'them'.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Then why didn't they recall them all at the same time? They did it in many waves, knowing full well it was a common part. Doesn't sound very dilligent to me. Many people have died over this.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm one of the 8.4M to not get their F-150 fixed. I just took the module out. I drive with my right foot, not a button on the wheel.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Quality assurance, job #1 :P
      • 4 Years Ago
      Glad I don't own a recalled Ford product. Their nearest dealer went from being 3 miles away to being about 60 miles.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What's awesome about this recall is they don't even replace the defective part. They simply add a fuse in case the current drain becomes enough to heat the brake fluid and start a fire.

      What kind of engineer designs a cruise deactivation switch that needs to be screwed into the master cylinder and is hot even when the car is off?

      This is only one of several problems with my F150 that were never really fixed the way they should have been. I'm going to have a hard time looking at Ford vehicles in the future.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have to question how good these records are. I still get phone calls for extended warranties for a car of mine that was totaled a few years back...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I insist Ford get those Windstars out of the junk car dumps and fix those cruise controls. Good grief people were told to bring them in, if they didn't who the H--- cares, let them junk yards up in flames.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Tony, I realize that. Good grief. My point was the fact that someone out there still believed that said car was STILL on the road...
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Dest

        You're right, Ford can do no wrong, that's Toyota's job now! ;)
        • 4 Years Ago
        @CoupeDeBill: Um, if Ford took 10 years to announce all the recalls, then don't you think that several millions of car owners were driving some of the affected cars for years? Oh yeah I forgot- Ford can do no wrong on here.
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