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1995-2002 Explorer (and other vehicles) Recall

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  1. JDraper

    JDraper Somewhat Functional Moderator Emeritus

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    Ford recall hits 4.5 million vehicles (AGAIN!!!!)

    Automaker issues largest single recall ever due to a faulty cruise control switch that could lead to a fire.

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    YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Ford issued the largest single recall in its history Tuesday as drivers of an additional 4.5 million vehicles were alerted about a fire hazard from a faulty switch.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said this was the eighth recall, involving a total of 16 million Ford Motor vehicles, concerning the cruise control deactivation switch manufactured by Texas Instruments .The faulty switch can leak hydraulic fluid, overheat, smoke and then burn, and risks causing a fire even when the ignition is turned off, parked and unattended, the NHTSA said.The risk is elevated for 1.1 million Windstars that were subject to a government investigation, said Ford spokesman Wes Sherwood. "We determined with the government that there is a low risk of fires for those vehicles," Sherwood said. "The other 3.4 million vehicles are the remaining vehicles that have the Texas Instrument switch, so we're recalling them to reassure customers and prevent future recalls." Sherwood added that Ford has always gone beyond recalling only the cars that present a risk. While the company does not discuss its current suppliers, Sherwood said that Ford vehicles did not use the Texas Instrument switch in post-2003 models.NHTSA said Ford drivers should look for warnings of possible imminent fires, including malfunctioning cruise control systems and brake lights and antilock braking system and brake light warnings on the dashboard. The safety agency also said difficulty in getting the vehicle out of the park mode should be treated as a warning."I urge customers to pay attention to this warning and bring the affected models in to have them repaired as soon as possible," said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, in a statement. Ford is notifying customers and instructing them to take vehicles to dealers for a complimentary installation of a fused wiring harness that will eliminate the risk of fires, the NHTSA said.The safety recall is expected to begin around Oct. 26. Owners may contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673 or NTHSA's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or visit http://www.safercar.gov. Tuesday's recall includes the following Ford models: 1995-2003 Windstars, 2000-2003 Excursion diesels, 1993-1997 and 1999-2003 F-Super Duty diesels, 1992-2003 Econolines, 1995-2002 Explorers and Mercury Mountaineers, 1995-1997 and
    2001-2003 Rangers and 1994 F35 motorhomes.
     
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  3. Rick

    Rick Pumpkin Pilot Staff Member Admin Elite Explorer

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    You're quick! I was just about to post this :D
     
  4. JDraper

    JDraper Somewhat Functional Moderator Emeritus

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    Well, since I'm in the Eastern time zone we get things earlier here............................
     
  5. Scotty J.

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    Ya me too. I'm in it.
     
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    Saw it... (Thanx Mods)
     
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    I wonder if the fix will by chance help whatever's been causing my ABS light to come on.
     
  8. BrooklynBay

    BrooklynBay Moderator & long time member. Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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    I cant wait to pull up in my rolled explorer with no doors and have them fix it.
     
  10. SoBeLover

    SoBeLover Explorer Babe Moderator Moderator

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    No worries, I don't have cruise control in my Explorer
     
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    Highly unlikely.
     
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    90ranajo The Little TJ that could

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    Manufacturer: FORD MOTOR COMPANY
    Mfr's Report Date: OCT 09, 2009
    NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V399000
    NHTSA Action Number: N/A
    Component: VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
    Potential Number of Units Affected: 4,500,000
    Summary:
    FORD IS RECALLING MODEL YEARS 1995-2003 WINDSTAR, 2000-2003 EXCURSION, 1993-1997 AND 1999-2003 F-SUPER DUTY, 1992-2003 ECONOLINE, 1995-2002 EXPLORER AND MERCURY MOUNTAINEER, 1995-1997 AND 2001-2003 RANGER, AND 1994 F53 VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH THE TEXAS INSTRUMENTS SPEED CONTROL DEACTIVATION SWITCH (SCDS). THE SCDS MAY LEAK INTERNALLY AND THEN OVERHEAT, SMOKE, OR BURN.
    Consequence:
    A VEHICLE FIRE COULD OCCUR.
    Remedy:
    FORD WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND DEALERS WILL INSTALL A FUSED WIRING HARNESS FOR THE SCDS. DEALERS WILL ALSO INSPECT THE ABS CONTROL CONNECTOR AND REPAIR AS NECESSARY. REPAIRS WILL BE COMPLETED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT OCTOBER 26, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FORD AT 1-888-222-2751.
    Notes:
    FORD'S RECALL CAMPAIGN NUMBER IS 09S09. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .
     
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    hold up i got a letter about this same thing two years ago when i first got my explorer and never went up to the dealership to get it fixed. then ford sent another letter saying they were out of parts to complete the repair and stressed to not use cruise control what so ever. so i didnt use my cruise for over a year then i finally went up to get it fixed. they did the harness thing and said it was good to go. does this mean im going to have to go back up there again?
     
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    Doubtful...your not that lucky. :)
     
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    I can't believe that Ford was so "silly" as they moved the "recall" thru their "boa constrictor technical and spin machines". They kept using the "excuse" that only those vehicle with "constant power" were a problem BUT any electrical "specialist" knows that "oil leaks" that find a "spark" as in "relay/switch contact open / closures" are potential hazard. Of course, its worse with the "constant power" circuit on some of their designs but it just as bad on any circuits where the faulty / leaky switch exists. The switch needs to be replaced and fusing the circuit isn't going to help... by the time, the fuse goes, the "spark" will have already happened. Hopefully, they are replacing the faulty switch but knowing the "penny counters", they will continue to go with the "cheap fuse band aid" and probably be no further ahead in the end.
     
  17. JDraper

    JDraper Somewhat Functional Moderator Emeritus

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    The constant power is the problem. The wire to the switch should be re-routed to an ignition powered location. That would solve the problem once and for all.
     
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    The problem is a leaky (ignitable fluid based) electrical switch. The result is a possible fire when the vehicle is unattended in the case of constant power circuits and in circuits that are "switched" (as in my 96), a possible fire while in operation.
     
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    So I recieved my 09S09 recall letter last week but I'm not sure when I'll have the time to have the repair done to my van. Does anyone know if there's a cutoff date on the recall?
     
  20. vroomzoomboom

    vroomzoomboom Elite Canuck STOCK SUCKS! Elite Explorer

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    there are no cut off dates on safety recalls.
     
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    wait i just got a letter about this like last year at this time. is this a recall on the recall part?? or is it the same thing
     

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