Ford recall roundup, taillamp and fuel tank problems

By Posted 23 Jul 2011, 09:29

There have been two Ford recalls in the month of July, and they have both happened within days of each other. In this roundup we look at the reason behind each recall and what the Detroit automaker is doing to rectify the issues. This is not a great start for Ford, and they just hope that more will not follow in the final week of July.

The first recall involves the Ford Mercury Montego and Five Hundred due to an issue with their fuel tank, which in some cases could leak and cause a fire. There are only 2,945 affected by this recall, but do not be put off by this relatively small recall, as it is very serious – anything that has the fear of fire is always a series issue.

The affected sedans were built from September 5th, 2006 to September 11th of the same year. WSJ Blog says that the welds on these tanks are inconsistent, and as a result are not as strong as they should be. If the car was to have an impact of some sort, then the welds could fail and cause a fuel leak. Owners affected by this are advised to contact Ford’s customer service center at 866-436-7332. The recall is expected to begin on August 15, 2011.

The second recall involves three trucks, the Ford E-Series, Excursion and Ranger. There are 26,000 covered in this recall, which is due to faulty taillights. The brake, hazard warning and signal lights all have defects and involves models that were made during different dates for each model.

The dates of these affected models are as follows: The Ford Ranger from January to April 2011, Excursion from 2004 to 2011, and the Excursion from 2002 to 2005. We do not have any dates for the F-250, F-350, F-450 and the F-550, so you had best contact that same phone number above for more details. The funny thing is, this recall will also take place on August 15th. It was back in May when the Ford F150 last faced a recall, which was due to a risk of fire.

The reason for the faulty taillight is due to a defective multi-function switch, which in some cases has a deformed slider. The result will be all of the taillights to stop working, which could cause you to get rear-ended.

When the vehicles go in for the recall these switches will be replaced at no cost to you, and should not take that long at all.
Are we now at a stage where the car you buy today will be almost certainly to be recalled in the future?