Ford Fire Cruise Control Switch Recall Lawsuit
Ford Fire Recall
Ford Motor Company — the second-largest U.S. automaker — has announced a voluntary recall of millions of its popular pickup trucks and sport-utility vehicles due to a fire risk.
Ford is recalling the vehicles because their cruise-control switches could short circuit and start a fire under the hood while parked, the automaker said Thursday.
“This is a ticking time bomb ready to go off and something needs to be done,” Bob Garcia, owner of a Ford F-150, told NBC News. Garcia's pickup caught fire nine hours after he parked it at his home. The fire destroyed his truck and part of his home before firefighters arrived.
If you have experienced problems with your Ford car, truck or SUV or have experienced a Ford car, truck or SUV fire contact the lawyers of Ennis & Ennis, P.A. about a Ford recall lawsuit. Ennis & Ennis, P.A. specializes personal injury and product liability cases. With offices throughout Florida and in Washington DC we are taking cases nationwide.
The complete list of recalled Ford vehicles is as follows:
1992-1998 Ford Crown Victoria
1992-1997 Lincoln Town Car
1992-1997 Mercury Grand Marquis
1993-1995 Ford Taurus SHO
1993-1998 Lincoln Mark VIII
1994 Mercury Capri
1993-1996 Ford Bronco
1997-2002 Ford Expedition
1998-2001 Ford Explorer
1998-2001 Mercury Mountaineer
1998-2002 Lincoln Navigator
2000-2003 Ford Excursion
2001-2002 Ford Explorer Sport
2001-2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
1993-2003 Ford F-150
1993-2003 Ford F-250
1993-2003 Ford F-350
1993-2003 Ford F-450
1993-2003 Ford F-550
1993-2002 F-Super Duty
2001 F-Series Super Crew
2002-2003 Lincoln Blackwood
2003-2004 Ford F-150 Lightning
1992-1993, 1997-2002 E150-350
1994-1996 Ford Econoline
1996-2002 Ford E-450 1995-2002 Ford F53 Motor Home
Diesel engine equipped vehicles are excluded from recall.
Models included in the October 2009 expanded Ford recall:
1995-2003 Ford Windstars.
2000-2003 Ford Excursion diesels.
1993-1997 and 1999-2003 Ford F-Super Duty diesels.
1992-2003 Ford Econolines.
1995-2002 Ford Explorers and Mercury Mountaineers.
1995-1997 and 2001-2003 Ford Rangers.
1994 Ford F53 motorhomes.
One Ford source tells NBC that the recall is “significant.”
According to Ford, vehicle owners have reported that the cruise control on their vehicles has malfunctioned before they shut down the engine. The mechanism that shuts off the speed control may overheat, eventually causing a fire, Ford said.
“We're getting flame literally falling on other plastic components,” said Florida mechanic Larry Perry.
Perry says even when the engine is turned off, power flows to the switch, causing it to overheat and start a fire. “All it takes is a little more heat, a little more flame, you've got a vehicle you can’t put out.”
Ford says it knows of 63 alleged vehicle fires and of one alleged injury associated with a fire. No deaths have been reported, but the instances of fires appear to be increasing, the car company said.
Ford said the cruise control will be disabled once the switch is deactivated.
“We recognize this may be an inconvenience, but we believe this preventive action is in the best interest of our customers’ safety,” the company said.
Timeline of Ford Recall Events
On September 1, 2010 Ford announced a new recall unrelated to the fire issues. The recall was for 575,000 Ford Windstar mini-vans that may have problems with the rear axle. According to Ford the rear axle is susceptible to corrosion which could weaken the rear axle, making it susceptible to torsional stress. Corrosion and stress can lead to cracks, which if undetected, can propagate and resut in a complete fracture of the axle. Should this occur while driving an accident may be the result.
On January 31, 2011 Ford announced another recall of the Ford Windstar mini-vans. Related to the same problems as the Ford Windstar rear axle recall that has to date killed two people, the latest recall is for the Ford Windstar's front lower control arm. This is a very serious recall, if not more serious than the original rear axle issue as it deals directly with a steering component of the Ford Windstar.
Click here to run a VIN check to see if your van is recalled.
Click here for NHTSA video ABC News obtained showing what happens when the Windstar axle breaks at just 35 miles per hour.
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Ford Fire Lawsuit - Ford Recall Lawyer
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