• Dec 30, 2010
If you thought 2010 was going to wrap up with an all quiet on the recall front, think again. Ford and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration have announced the recall of 14,737 vehicles for a faulty body control module that may short out and cause a fire.
The recall covers certain 2011 models that were built in a six-day period, including some 2011 Edge, F-150, F-250, F-350, F-450, F-550 and Lincoln MKX vehicles. NHTSA says that if the body control module shorts out, it could overheat and cause a fire.

Dealers are expected to inspect the module and, if necessary, replace it free of charge. NHTSA says that Ford plans to start the work on or before January 10, 2011, and that owners may contact Ford directly with questions at 1-866-436-7332. Hit the jump for a look at the full recall notice.

[Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration]
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Vehicle Make / Model:

Model Year(s):

FORD / EDGE

2011
FORD / F-150

2011
FORD / F-250

2011
FORD / F-350

2011
FORD / F-450

2011
FORD / F-550

2011
LINCOLN / MKX

2011

Manufacturer: FORD MOTOR COMPANY


Mfr's Report Date: DEC 29, 2010

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V659000
N/A
NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component:
STRUCTURE:BODY

Potential Number of Units Affected: 14,737

Summary:
FORD IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 F-150, F-250, F-350, F-450, F-550, EDGE AND LINCOLN MKX VEHICLES. DURING A SIX-DAY PRODUCTION PERIOD, THE SUPPLIER OF THE BODY CONTROL MODULE MANUFACTURED MODULES THAT MAY HAVE THE POTENTIAL FOR AN INTERNAL SHORT.

Consequence:
IF AN ELECTRICAL SHORT DEVELOPS, AN OVERHEATING CONDITION MAY OCCUR WHICH CAN RESULT IN AN UNATTENDED VEHICLE FIRE.

Remedy:
DEALER WILL REPLACE THE BODY CONTROL MODULE IF NECESSARY FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE JANUARY 10, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FORD AT 1-866-436-7332.

Notes:
FORD'S RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS 10S14. 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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  • 27 Comments
      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota would have swept this under the carpet hidden the problem & put its customers lifes at risk. Toyota can never be trusted again.

      Good to see Ford does what every responsible car maker should do and issue a recall, Ford build quality is amazing considering just how many trucks they put together each month.
      • 4 Years Ago
      @ NightFlight,

      You said it is the fault of component supplier, not Ford's fault? Bull! These parts goes into FORD vehicles, so it is FORD's responsibility! Ford provided the spec, Ford engineer released the design, supplier built to design, Ford Supplier Quality did not do their job. There you have it.

      A recall is a recall, doesn't matter who's at fault, it is on Ford's vehicle. Explorer tire, Windstar axel, not this. Something never change.

      • 4 Years Ago
      You seriously think Ford should reinspect each and every component that goes into a vehicle? Can you even fathom the added time and money that would be wasted for this, all to save ~15,000 faulty parts put on Ford/Lincoln products out of over a million that are produced each year? Companies are in the business for profit, I think people often forget that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      @Jamaica:

      In the case of the Toyota floor mat issue, it was a design flaw that caused the problem...from Toyota designers. In the end, I had sympathy for Toyota when you could tell people were blaming their own inability to drive on the company. But as AndrewL has said, Toyota also knew about this problem, along with the sticky accelerators, and tried to sweep it under the rug.

      I think a lot of people have trouble accepting Toyota is not the high and mighty company that deceived everyone into thinking they are.
      • 4 Years Ago
      And just what country manufactured these components? Inquiring minds want to know!

      Not to mention what company or whose people MONITORED the quality control and supply chain of the company that manufactured these components.

      Whether the components are manufactured in CZ or China or Malaysia, the quality control cannot be ignored.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Pretty sure there's recall issues with components manufactured in every country. And anyways, the F-150's domestic content is pretty high so if you had to take bets it'd probably be an American component.
      • 4 Years Ago
      AS a matter of fact, I applaud Ford for addressing this issue as quickly as they did. If I were someone in the market right now, this would be a pro. Ford could have known about this issue for years, and never said a thing until people's homes started burning because of the faulty module. Instead, they are addressing this issue within what? 4-5 months of being built?

      Ford did the responsible thing here and told the public they made a mistake and are issuing a recall.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ford designs the part, the part maker is responsible for building it to fords specifications. they failed and ford pays for it. though this is a relatively small one (recall) , this is not good news for Ford. Their products are some of the best out there right now. But this could hurt them at a time when they seem to have lots of momentum. I personally love the new Edge, got one and love it.(2011Edge Limited AWD).
      • 4 Years Ago
      It was a component manufactured by a supplier and not Ford, you fool.

      It wasn't Ford's fault that their supplier didn't do the job right.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ever since Toyotamageddon, these rapidfire recalls just don't do it for me. Where's the excitement? Where's the drama? The automakers are jumping on flaws before the media can even START blowing them out of proportion...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Odd, at the same time Dodge (RAM? ) is recalling 10x that amount of Ram Pickups, but no mention?

      http://wot.motortrend.com/recall-roundup-dodge-ford-ram-trucks-suvs-need-repairs-21340.html
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm going to say it again. There was a witch hunt on Toyota the "Top Dog" because Government Motors can't afford to go bankrupt (especially after the bailout).

      So now Ford has fire issues and have been hiding other issues (ex. ConFusion transmissions slippage) and no one criticizes them? It's not their fault? When they set the quality standards for their vendors. Really?!!

      I think too many people in this blog owns Ford stock.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "So now Ford has fire issues and have been hiding other issues (ex. ConFusion transmissions slippage) and no one criticizes them? It's not their fault?"

        Uh, how have they been hiding it? There was a problem with the calibration, a firmware update has been out there for a year now, and Ford has been replacing any transmissions with more than 7500 miles on them. both covered under TSB.

        in other words, they aren't hiding anything, you liar.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I understand that an employee failed to properly clean a solder machine resulting in a short circuit of the circuit board which causes the fire. I guess that employee is out looking for work.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Exactly. And that employee worked for Lear, the supplier in this particular case. He was a new hire and over a period of 6 days failed to clean the soldering machine.
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