Ford Fire Safety Problems Take 2; Total Recall?

Sajeev Mehta
by Sajeev Mehta
ford fire safety problems take 2 total recall

So, where were we? Right. After a bit of the usual FoMoCo stonewalling, Ford recalled almost 11 million vehicles (beginning with the 1992 model year) to repair fire hazard flaws in their cruise control and anti-lock braking systems. More specifically, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) determined that the fuel rail cross-over hose in said vehicles may crack, which could cause a fuel leak. quotes NHTSA: “Fuel leakage in the presence of an ignition source could result in a fire." (Ya think?) And now The Blue Oval Boyz are back for round two, fixing the fix that didn't fix the problem. "Safety Recall 08S01" tells owners of 225k supposedly fire-proofed Fords that their rides "may have been repaired using a fused Jumper Harness containing circuit polarity that is not compatible with your vehicle." In bullshit free form, please? My circuits (and lincolnsonline) tell me that this recall added a fuse to the ground wire, not the "hot" power wire. Oops. Oh, and another 57k vehicles have been added to the original recall. Meanwhile, CNNMoney reports that NHTSA has opened an investigation into similar fires involving a brace of 2007 model year Chevrolet Tahoes. If this turns out badly for GM, they're looking at a recall encompassing at least 400k vehicles.

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  • Sajeev Mehta Sajeev Mehta on Feb 14, 2008

    Nah, its a 1st Gen Exploder. Peep that long hood. :)

  • Taxman100 Taxman100 on Feb 14, 2008

    It's probably a part engineered as cheaply as possible in some third world country. The only parts that I have had to replace on my current Grand Marquis were made in China and Mexico, respectively. Both parts were "reengineered" in the last few years - newer cars suck.

  • Jaje Jaje on Feb 14, 2008

    I've said enough on Ford's part of selling cars they know are fatally defective (including very personal losses due to Pintos and Explorer rollover w/o Firestone tires - thankfully they were short and lived without paralysis). My entire family does not touch Ford products even though many live in Ford factory towns. Too many terrible experiences and fiery problems.

  • Redbarchetta Redbarchetta on Feb 14, 2008

    They need to do an investigation into Ford's business practices. These seems to have happened A LOT to Ford in their history. I find it hard to believe its just bad luck. I'm with jaje I wont touch a Ford product and my cousin works on the line.