From the Bad Timing Department: As the battle for market share in the shrinking U.S. light truck market heated up with the introduction of General Motors' new models, Ford announced Thursday that it is recalling 1.2 million trucks, SUVs and vans in the U.S. to fix faulty wiring in the cruise control system.

The problem lies in the interaction between the cruise control deactivation switch and the brake system, that in rare instances can cause the switch to overheat and catch fire. The fix involves installing an inline fuse in the cruise control system.

The recall includes 1994-2002 F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550 trucks; 1994-1996 Econoline vans; 1996-2002 E-450 trucks; 1998 Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer SUVs; and 2000-2002 Excursion SUVs.

Ford recalled about 5 million trucks last year for the same problem.

[Source: Reuters]

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