Ford Motor Co. to Recall Several Million Vehicles in August 2007


Ford Motor Company will recall 3.6 million vehicles to remove a cruise control switch that has been associated to fires in other vehicles. The vehicles involved in the recall range from the 1992 to 2004 model years and include the Ford Bronco, Lincoln Town Car, Ford Explorer, Ford Ranger and Mercury Grand Marquis. Ford is doing this in response to customer concerns about the safety of the switch, which has been the subject of previous recalls.

None of the vehicles involved in this latest recall have experienced an abnormal number of fires; the company is recalling the vehicles so that customers will not be concerned about the switch.

In 2006 and 2006, nearly 6 million vehicles were recalled due to problems with the cruise control cut-off switch. The switch, located under the hood and attached to the brake master cylinder on one end and wired to the cruise control on the other, cuts off the cruise control when the driver firmly steps on the brakes. The switch is powered at all times, even when the vehicle is turned off. In some cases, fluid leaking the switch could cause it to short circuit resulting in a fire.

This recall will begin on August 13, 2007.