Washington - Ford is recalling as many as 3.6 million vehicles because a switch that deactivates the speed control can overheat, smoke or burn, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Friday.
The highway safety agency said in a notice that the switch
problem could result in a fire under the hood.
The Ford vehicles being recalled are F-Series and Ranger
pickup trucks, Explorer, Bronco and Mountaineer SUVs, Econoline
vans and some Crown Victoria, Town Car, Grand Marquis, Capri,
Mark VII and Taurus Sho cars with model years ranging from 1992
to 2004, depending upon the particular vehicle.
Ford recalled nearly 6.2 million vehicles in 2005 and 2006
because of engine fires linked to a faulty speed control
Dan Jarvis, a spokesman for Ford, said the company was
recalling the vehicles to alleviate customer concerns.
"We have not seen a high incidence of fires in this
population," Jarvis said, adding that there were a few reports
of fires in Crown Victoria passenger cars. He declined to
specify the exact number of fires.
Ford's recall comes as the second-largest US carmaker is
trying to stem steep losses in its North American automotive
operations. The company lost $279 million in North America in
the second-quarter before taxes.
Ford dealers will install a fused wiring harness into the
speed control system to solve the problem, the company said.
(Reporting by Tim Dobbyn and Poornima Gupta)