More than two years ago, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating the 1997-2008 Ford Econoline/E-350 and E-450 over faulty HVAC temperature controls. According to The Detroit News, stories of melting switches leading to smoke and hot buttons on the dash were recounted in 1,036 complaints received by NHTSA. Two years ago, the government agency upgraded the case to an engineering analysis, but its testing has led to the case being closed without determining that a recall is required.

Two fires due to the short circuits were also reported, but NHTSA found that the layout of the switch tended to prevent a fire when it went bad. Although there won't be a recall, Ford has redesigned the switch and is informing dealers and customers about replacing the switch and electrical connector.

The vans that were under the agency's microscope overlap with the 1999-2008 E-Series models in question in a lawsuit over flaking fuel-tank liners. Still, for perspective, the E-Series has been America's best-selling full-sized van for decades, and according to Ford, those from 1997-2008 have done more than a billion miles.


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      JR
      • 2 Years Ago
      NASA Apollo 1 fire investigation took less time.
      renner1234
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford has been becoming on of Americas super companies. GM and Chrysler should of follwed Ford recovery plan. They did not take Obama money and are recovering OK. Hasts of to Ford.
        icemilkcoffee
        • 2 Years Ago
        @renner1234
        They did not take government money because they had a line-of-credit on hand, which GM and Chrysler did not. GM and Chrysler would be goners if they hadn't take the bailout money. Just like most of our banks.
      Z-MAN
      • 2 Years Ago
      I OWN A 1997 FORD RANGER. WONT GIVE IT UP. I ALSO BOUGHT STOCK IN FORD WHEN THING WERE GOING BAD FOR THEM. LIVING ON SSI I BOUGHT A $1,000 WORTH AND DONT CARE IF IT EVER MAKES AND MONEY. ALTHO I GOT IT FOR $1.88 IT IS HANG AROUND $12.50 A SHARE. STILL A GREAT INVESTMENT IN AMERICA. TKS DANNY.
      jvinylman502
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's funny..the fed didn't investigate chevy pieces of crap catching fire....I wonder why.
      hillbilly
      • 2 Years Ago
      Funny thing is Ford never took any of that bailout money... But GM did... And I have yet to see and kind of federal investigations on the piece of crap Chevy Volt..
      Toneron
      • 2 Years Ago
      How much did this freaking cost me? Building full of paper pushers with lifetime pension and healthcare. Value? NOT!
      miammt
      • 2 Years Ago
      they're going to discontinue this van. Back in the 80s and 90s, many people in family had these vans. as the economy went downhill, these vans became a thing of the past. now it will just be memory. R.I.P. P.S. My favorite was the 1980s ESeries