Ford Safety Recall on Defective Cruise Control Switch Causes Fire Hazard


The Ford company widens its recall to 9.6 million vehicles that have potential defective cruise control switch,  which can cause a fire.  The recall covers 1.1 million of Ford minivans that has potential risk of a fire hazard due to internal leaking of hydraulic fluid from the switches which can ignite a spark.

The faulty switch can leak fluid, overheat, smoke and then burn, and a potential might start a fire even when the ignition is turned off during parking.  The remaining 3.4 million cars are Ford, Mercury, and Lincoln models, which are mostly trucks and SUV.  No fires reported on those cars yet, but just for precaution Ford is taken precaution anyways.  The recalled cars covered from 1992 to 2004 years.  It is recommended that the Speed Control Deactivation Switch should not be used until the switch is fixed.

The service action involves the installation of fused wiring harness int the speed control electrical circuit, or replacement of the deactivation system if it found to be leaking.  The quick repair will be no charge on affected Ford vehicles.  Here are the list of recall vehicles:

1997-2002 Expedition
1998-2002 Navigator
2002-2003 Blackwood
1993-1996 Bronco
2000-2003 Excursion (built prior to 11/4/02)
1992-2003 Econoline E-150/250/350
1996-2003 Econoline E450
2002-2003 Econoline E550
1998-2002 Ranger
1998-2001 Explorer/Mountaineer
2001-2002 Explorer Sport (2 door) & Sport Trac
2003-2004 F-150 Lightning
1993-2003 F-Series (Under 8500 lb. GVW)
1993-2003 F-Series (over 8500 lb. GVW) – all plants except Cuautitlan
1994-2003 F-Series (over 8500 lb. GVW) – Cuautitlan built only prior to 1/7/03
1995-2002 F-53 Motorhome

1992-1998 Town Car
1992-1998 Crown Victoria
1992-1998 Grand Marquis
1993-1998 Mark VIII
1993-1995 Taurus SHO (automatic transmission)
1994 Capri
*equipped with speed control. Diesel engine equipped vehicles are excluded from recall