Thursday, December 30, 2010

Ford, Chrysler recalling thousands of vehicles

Ford Motor Co. is recalling 19,600 2011 model year trucks and crossover SUVs over concerns that an electrical short could cause a fire, the manufacturer said Thursday.

Chrysler Group LLC also is recalling nearly 145,000 trucks and crossover wagons in three separate campaigns for steering, stalling and airbag concerns, according to letters posted this week on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Ford decided to recall certain 2011 model year F-150 trucks, Super Duty trucks (F-250 through F-550) and its Edge and Lincoln MKX vehicles after fires started in the cabs of two F-150 trucks at a Michigan assembly plant in November and December, the company said in a letter Monday to the NHTSA.

"The vehicles will be updated to eliminate a small risk of an unattended vehicle fire for the 2011 Ford Edge, Super Duty, F-150 and Lincoln MKX," Ford spokesman Wes Sherwood said. "... We are notifying affected owners and asking them to bring their vehicles to their local dealers to determine if the module was built during the affected time period and whether replacement is necessary."

Ford said it will send recall letters to vehicle owners the week of January 10. Consumers can contact local Ford or Lincoln/Mercury dealers or Ford's toll-free service at 866-436-7332 to determine whether their particular vehicle falls under the recall.

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