Ford are not having a good couple of weeks, back towards the end of July the car maker had to recall a number of sedans and trucks, and now they have now issued a another truck recall. It seems as though 2011 has got very bad for Ford all of a sudden, because this recall affects 1.22 million of their pickups. The list of models affects both Canada and the US, and is due to an issue with the fuel tank.
The worrying part of this recall is just how dangerous it is, because there is a fear that the fuel tank could drop because of corroding straps, which could then cause a fire. The recall could have been much worse, as the NHTSA were looking into an issue with 2.7 million trucks, but for now only issued the recall for 1.1 million of these vehicles. However, Ford has not been let off the hook, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is still investigating the other 1.6 million pickups.
This latest recall will now take Ford’s total 2011 recall figure to almost 3 million, which dwarfs 570,000 from last year. The Detroit News said that the NHTSA has received a total of 243 reports regarding the fuel tank on these vehicles, saying that they just dropped away. There were leakages, and a few where the tank was being dragged along the ground, which caused sparks. There was even one case where a truck caught alight and engulfed the vehicle.
The list of vehicles affected by this recall is as follows: F-150 from 1997-2003, F-150 Heritage, 2004 model, F-250 from 1997-1999, and finally the Lincoln Blackwood pickup from 2002-2003. Owners of these vehicles will be notified by Ford in mid-September, you will then be advised to take your affected truck to your local Ford dealer so that they can carry out the necessary repairs.
2009 and 2010 was seen as a great year for Ford, not only were they able to not lend money from the US government, they have also had great success in the US with their range of smaller cars. For years it has been all about size, so nice to see that American drivers have now seen that there is more to cars than just horsepower. However, the company still has a cloud hanging over their neck, due to a number of other possible recalls coming in 2011.
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