Ford Motor Co. is recalling 1.17 million trucks, sport utility vehicles, and vans to fix an engine sensor that could lead to engine stalling.

The recalled vehicles are all from the 1997-2003 model years with 7.3 liter diesel engines, including the Ford E-Series van, Excursion full-size sport utility vehicle, and F-450 Super Duty and F-550 Super Duty trucks.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the camshaft position sensor located on the engine could function intermittently and lead to an engine stall and potential crash. The sensor is an electrical component that helps regulate the fuel going into the engine.

There have been 14 accidents associated with the problem, but fortunately no injuries have been reported. Beasley Allen has handled a number of cases involving vehicles involved stalling that did result in serious injuries and deaths. However, none of the vehicles in those cases are involved in this recall.

In the event of an engine stall, according to Ford, dealers will inspect the sensor and replace it with a new one free of charge. Notification letters have started and will be completed in phases by May 2008. For more information, owners can contact Ford at (866) 436-7332.

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