Back in May of 2011, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that it was expanding its investigation of 2.7 million Ford F-150 models for corroding gas tank straps. Less than three months later, the recall is on like Donkey Kong, though Bloomberg reports that Ford has announced that the actual number is closer to 1.1 million. Further, the 1997 through 2004 F-150 models will be joined by 1997 to 1999 F-250 trucks and 2002 and 2003 Lincoln Blackwood models.

Ford says the gas tank straps are being recalled due to possible corrosion from road salt and other ice-melting chemicals. And since elements like salt are the reason for the corrosion, Ford is only recalling the trucks in the 21 cold weather states and the District of Columbia.

Ford spokesperson Wesley Sherwood adds that the trucks involved in the recall are of the "older, higher-mileage" variety, adding that the straps can corrode after the trucks spend a lot of time in high-corrosion environments.

While the recall is official as of August 1, Ford reportedly won't begin sending out recall notices until mid-September. When the notices arrive, owners of the affected vehicles can bring their truck to the nearest Ford or Lincoln dealer for a free-of-charge repair. if the straps aren't available when the customer enters the dealership, Ford will install a cable support under the fuel tank strap as a short-term fix.

Any time an automaker announces a recall of over 1 million units, it's a big deal. And this is the second seven-digit recall of Ford truck in the last few months. Since these are older trucks, most truck buyers will likely turn the other cheek, but we're guessing Ford is hoping this is the last big truck recall for a long while.


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        TruthHertz
        • 3 Years Ago
        Both their mothers were retired GM employees and their father worked for Ford. Unfortunately both of their conceptions involved a cash transaction shortly before daddy walked out the door to his F-150. Mommy would have tracked him down but her Chevy was suffering from horrible piston slap due to loose clearances and overly short piston skirts. She simply stayed home. Luckily for her, thousands of bond holders lost their ass in the government bailout of GM, so she was able to maintain her insane pension and take the red light down.
      QuangT
      • 3 Years Ago
      And the Big 3 fanboys go...oh it's not too bad. But they dwell on Toyota's recalls. Just saying.
        caddy-v
        • 3 Years Ago
        @QuangT
        We always knew the Big 3 had recalls, Toyota hid them from the public and NHTSA for as long as they've been in existence and lied all the way to the court room and beyond. Only when people died did they get caught with their Komonas down and the world finally found out what garbage they truly are.
          David
          • 3 Years Ago
          @caddy-v
          Why are the biggest trolls here either pro/anti Toyota or pro/anti GM?
      TerryP
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ford should recall the 4.6L motor simply as apology to the world for ever creating such a piece of crap.
        KaiserWilhelm
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TerryP
        My old 92 Crown Vic had 225k miles on it with zero issues, great motor.
        TerryP
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TerryP
        I apologize for double posting, and I'm a moron. In all seriousnness, I actually do wish I could remove the double post.
      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      They didn't take a bailout. All that matters. At least not the public bailout anyway. Go Ford!!!
      TerryP
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ford should recall the 4.6l motor as an apology for ever making such a terrible motor
      natron3030
      • 3 Years Ago
      The ugliest version of the F150 ever made and you chose that image.
        tkosoccer03
        • 3 Years Ago
        @natron3030
        you guys clearly don't remember when this truck cam out in '96... it received rave reviews for it's revolutionary leap forward. it was a huge risk moving away from the tradition box-shaped truck, and it worked. we were among the first to buy the new truck, and never in my dad's life had he received so much attention surrounding a new vehicle.. pull out a November or December issue of MT a read up on hoe big of a splash this truck made..
        The Ed
        • 3 Years Ago
        @natron3030
        Eh... like the 90's Taurus, I think that F-150 generation has aged surprisingly well.
          natron3030
          • 3 Years Ago
          @The Ed
          Their designer were like... "yeah the S10 looks great.. lets make the f150 look like an even worse version"
      jonnybimmer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh man, mid-90s Fords. *Shudder* These were the primary reason why I grew up disliking Ford. Just big bubbly mounds of cheap plastic.
      tritonstrategies
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can't imagine how Ford didn't lose the sales crown with that design. Ugh!!!
        ryan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tritonstrategies
        i cant imgaine anyone would buy a crown vic new.
      GreaseMonkeySRT
      • 3 Years Ago
      All metals eventually corrode over time. Calling a recall on a 14 year old vehicle for two thin metal components corroding is a far stretch IMO.
        Klinkster
        • 3 Years Ago
        @GreaseMonkeySRT
        Funny...no one else's fuel tanks are falling off their vehicles after 8 years. Rust or not, there's no excuse for cheaping out and poorly engineered product.
      ryan
      • 3 Years Ago
      f amazing i havent seen a bidnew.com spam bot in last like 9 articles. good job ab tech, for finally doing ur job
      mouse
      • 3 Years Ago
      It seems that there are lots of mountains that get snow and with the amount of salt dumped last winter in the South shame on Ford [made in Mexico and Canada].
      fourwheeler1
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just had my fuel tank straps break on me last week. The fuel tank fell out of the truck on the ground! I called the NHTSA and told them about it, and look what happend!
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