Ford facing largest recall in history

Ford facing largest recall in history

Ford Motor Company are on the verge of the biggest recall in its lengthy history. Ford in the States are set to agree to recall 4.5 million vehicles in danger of catching fire due to poor electrics.  The decision comes after a lengthy investigation by the U.S. government into the cause of those fires, and includes 1.1 million Ford Windstar vans produced from 1995 to 2003.  Several other models make up the remaining 3.4 million vehicles to be affected.

The problem is linked to a switch made by contractor Texas Instruments that allows drivers to disengage cruise control by tapping on the brake pedal.  Ford used the switches throughout the 1990s, up to 2003, on a total of about 16 million cars and trucks.

Several deaths, and at least 550 fires and 1,500 complaints have been directly linked to the faulty switch. Eight separate recalls related to the switch over the last ten years has affected a total of 14.1 million vehicles.

Ford has been accused of deliberately delaying the recalls due to the expensive repair cost involved.  The company has been the defendant in dozens of lawsuits related to faulty piece.

Ford plans to notify American customers officially beginning on October 26.  In a statement, Ford acknowledged that the part “may, under certain conditions, leak internally and then overheat, smoke or burn.”

Ford Motor Company are on the verge of the biggest recall in its lengthy history. Ford in the States are set to agree to recall 4.5 million vehicles in danger of catching fire due to poor electrics.  The decision comes after a lengthy investigation by the U.S. government into the cause of those fires, and includes 1.1 million Ford Windstar vans produced from 1995 to 2003.  Several other models make up the remaining 3.4 million vehicles to be affected.

The problem is linked to a switch made by contractor Texas Instruments that allows drivers to disengage cruise control by tapping on the brake pedal.  Ford used the switches throughout the 1990s, up to 2003, on a total of about 16 million cars and trucks.

Several deaths, and at least 550 fires and 1,500 complaints have been directly linked to the faulty switch. Eight separate recalls related to the switch over the last ten years has affected a total of 14.1 million vehicles.

Ford has been accused of deliberately delaying the recalls due to the expensive repair cost involved.  The company has been the defendant in dozens of lawsuits related to faulty piece.

Ford plans to notify American customers officially beginning on October 26.  In a statement, Ford acknowledged that the part “may, under certain conditions, leak internally and then overheat, smoke or burn.”

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