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New Ford Recall Over Defective Cruise Control Switches

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Ford has issued a nationwide recall relating to many of its vehicles after discovering a common cruise control defects in them that can cause the vehicle to catch on fire. The effected vehicles in this recall are
2000-2002 Excursions, 1994-1996 Econoline vans, 1994-2002 F-250 through F-550 F-Super Duty trucks and 1998 Explorers and Mountaineers. If you own one of these vehicles you are urged to take the vehicle to local Ford dealership in order to have the defective cruise control problem fixed.

After a year of intensive research, we have concluded that these vehicles do have specific factors that in rare situations may cause some speed control deactivation switches in them to be susceptible to brake fluid leaks and corrosion, which may result in the switch overheating. This is why we are recalling these additional vehicles.

We believe today’s action includes those vehicles we identified as having a rare interaction between the speed control deactivation switch and the brake system that could cause the switch to overheat and ultimately catch fire.

To repair your vehicle, dealers will install a fused wiring harness at the speed control deactivation switch to eliminate the potential risk of fire if the switch overheats. The fused wiring harness cuts off the electrical current to the switch in the event there is increased current due to a leaking switch.

This recall is an extension to Ford’s previous recall last year where the same problems were reported in a number of F-150s, Expeditions and Navigators.

Owners of these affected vehicles will be notified by mail shortly. Owners who have not already had their previously recalled vehicles repaired should contact their dealer to make arrangements for the repair. Vehicles from last year’s recall include 1994-2002 Ford F-150s, 1997-2002 Ford Expeditions, 1998-2002 Lincoln Navigators and 1994-1996 Ford Broncos equipped with factory-installed speed control.