Last week, Ford Motor Company announced its biggest recall in historry due to a product defect which covered about 14.3 million vehicles. The Sun Sentinel has reported that Ford will add 4.5 million more vehicles to the list.
The recall came when Ford found a defect in the cruise control deactivation switch, manufactured by Texas instruments . According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the switch can leak hydraulic fluid and can overheat, creating the risk of fire even if the ignition is turned off or the car is parked.
Ford anticipates recalling about 1.1 million of its Windstar minivans from 1992-2003, according to CNN. The other 3.4 million vehicles from the Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury lines with the same switches will be recalled due to a risk of fire.
CNN also reported that the following models as those included in the added list of vehicles: 1995-2003 Windstars, 2000-2003 Excursion diesels, 1993-1997 and 1999-2003 F-Super Duty diesels, 1992-2003 Econolines, 1995-2002 Explorers and Mercury Mountaineers, 1995-1997 and 2001-2003 Rangers and 1994 F35 motorhomes.
Ford will being notifying owners by the end of the month about the recall, and also warns that drivers who own Windstar minivans from the years 1992-2003 should park their vehicles outdoors.
If you own a Ford vehicle and are concerned about this recall, you can contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673. You can also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hotline at 1-888-327-4236 and visit http://www.safercar.gov for more information.
We previously discussed the Toyota recall in on our blog, noting that these automotive recalls can affect many South Florida drivers. The same can be said about the current Ford recall due to the fact that there are numerous Ford dealerships throughout the Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Our firm is available to help you if you have been the victim of an accident due to these product defects. Please feel free to contact us with your concerns.