Tuesday, August 2, 2011

1 million older Ford pickups to be recalled over fire danger - latimes.com

1 million older Ford pickups to be recalled over fire danger - latimes.com

Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than 1 million pickup trucks, including the popular F-150, in the United States because corrosion problems can cause the vehicles to catch fire.

Straps that hold the fuel tanks to the truck can corrode after heavy use, potentially leading to fires if the tank drops and leaks, Ford said Monday.

The recall affects 1.22 million older trucks sold or registered in 21 states, Washington D.C. and Canada. The vehicles are in cold regions where corrosion from road salt occurs more frequently. Trucks sold or registered in California are not part of the recall.

The Dearborn, Mich., automaker plans to notify affected owners in mid-September and will repair the trucks for free. Models affected are the 1997 to 2003 Ford F-150; the 2004 F-150 Heritage; the 1997 to 1999 F-250; and the 2002 to 2003 Lincoln Blackwood.

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