Ford Motor Co. is recalling 3.6 million passenger cars, trucks, sport utility vehicles and vans to address concerns about a cruise control switch that has led to previous recalls based on reports of fires.

Ford says the recall will cover more than a dozen vehicle models built from 1992-2007. The recall is in response to concerns from owners about the safety of their cars.

Questions about the speed control deactivation switch in the vehicles that is powered at all times have been raised.

The automaker previously had recalled nearly 6 million vehicles beginning in January 2005 because of engine fires linked to the cruise control systems in trucks, SUVs and vans. The automaker says it has received “a few reports of fires” in Ford Crown Victoria passenger cars prior to the recall, but they have not given a precise number. There is no telling how many folks have been killed in house fires caused by a Ford vehicle burning and the cause not being known.

The recall involves the following vehicles: 1998-2002 Ford Ranger, 1992-1997 Lincoln Town Car, 1992-1997 Ford Crown Victoria, 1992-1997 Mercury Grand Marquis, 1993-1998 Lincoln Mark VIII, 1993-1995 Taurus SHO, 1999-2001 Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer. Also covered are the 2001-2002 Ford Explorer Sport, 2001-2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac, 1992-1993 E150-350 vans, 1997-2002 E150-350 vans, 1993 Ford F-Series pickups, 1993 Ford Bronco, 1994 Mercury Capri, 2003-2004 Ford F-150 Lightning, and 1995-2002 Ford F53 motor homes. An additional 177,000 vehicles in Canada, Mexico and Europe are covered by the recall. Obviously, this recall deals with a potentially serious safety issue.

Owners should have started receiving recall notices on August 13th. Dealers will install a fused wiring harness into the speed control electrical system or replace the deactivation switch it its found to be leaking. Owners with questions about the recall can contact Ford at (888) 222-2751 or visit their Web site, http://www.ford.com.

 



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