Ford Updates Voluntary Recall Involving Speed Control

The recall information related to Ford's cruise control deactivation switch and applies to cars and trucks.

Cars:

* Parts for the speed control switch recall will be available for some passenger cars in March, 2008. Affected customers will receive a postcard from recall headquarters instructing them to make an appointment with their dealer to have the recall completed. However, Ford urges owners of recalled vehicles to bring their vehicle to their dealer as soon as possible to have the speed control switch disconnected to eliminate the risk of fire.

Trucks:

* Parts for the speed control switch recall will be available for trucks in June, 2008. Affected customers will receive a postcard from recall headquarters instructing them to make an appointment with their dealer to have the recall completed. However, Ford urges owners of recalled vehicles to bring their vehicle to their dealer as soon as possible to have the speed control switch disconnected to eliminate the risk of fire.

Ford is conducting a voluntary safety recall involving speed control deactivation switch systems in 9.6 million vehicles.

* The service action involves the installation of a fused wiring harness into the speed control electrical circuit, or the replacement of the deactivation switch if it is found to be leaking. This is a quick repair, and will be performed on vehicles built between 1992 and 2004.
* Ford dealers will provide this service to all affected vehicles at no charge to the customers. Owners of all affected vehicles will be notified by mail.

Questions and Answers:

Q. Is this a safety recall?
A. Yes, this is a Ford-initiated voluntary safety recall.

Q. Which vehicles are involved in this recall?
A. This recall includes the following vehicles*:

Trucks:
1997-2002 Expedition
1998-2002 Navigator
2002-2003 Blackwood
1993-1996 Bronco
2000-2003 Excursion (built prior to 11/4/02)
1992-2003 Econoline E-150/250/350
1996-2003 Econoline E450
2002-2003 Econoline E550
1998-2002 Ranger
1998-2001 Explorer/Mountaineer
2001-2002 Explorer Sport (2 door) & Sport Trac
2003-2004 F-150 Lightning
1993-2003 F-Series (Under 8500 lb. GVW)
1993-2003 F-Series (over 8500 lb. GVW) – all plants except Cuautitlan
1994-2003 F-Series (over 8500 lb. GVW) – Cuautitlan built only prior to 1/7/03
1995-2002 F-53 Motorhome
Cars:
1992-1998 Town Car
1992-1998 Crown Victoria
1992-1998 Grand Marquis
1993-1998 Mark VIII
1993-1995 Taurus SHO (automatic transmission)
1994 Capri
*equipped with speed control. Diesel engine equipped vehicles are excluded from recall

Q. What is the reason for the recall?
A. Ford is voluntarily recalling a number of vehicles equipped with speed control to repair the system in order to address the possibility of a fire. Our investigation has found that if brake fluid leaks through the speed control deactivation switch into the speed control system electrical components, those components may corrode. Together with other conditions, this could lead to overheating, and possibly, a fire at the switch. This condition may occur either when the vehicle is parked or when it is being operated, even if the speed control is not in use. While a very small number of vehicles will be affected by this condition, Ford is voluntarily taking action to address this risk.

Q. What will the dealer do to my vehicle?
A. For affected trucks, at no charge to the owner, Ford will install a fused jumper harness between the speed control deactivation switch and the speed control mechanism. This jumper harness acts as a circuit breaker, eliminating the electrical current at the switch if the switch becomes shorted. For the newly added population of affected cars, at no charge to the owner, dealers will perform an interim repair to disable the Speed Control System until the time when the part necessary to complete the repair becomes available.

Q. When will parts be available for vehicles involved in the recall?
A.

Cars:

* Parts for the speed control switch recall will be available for some passenger cars in March, 2008. Affected customers will receive a postcard from recall headquarters instructing them to make an appointment with their dealer to have the recall completed. However, Ford urges owners of recalled vehicles to bring their vehicle to their dealer as soon as possible to have the speed control switch disconnected to eliminate the risk of fire.

Trucks:

* Parts for the speed control switch recall will be available for trucks in June, 2008. Affected customers will receive a postcard from recall headquarters instructing them to make an appointment with their dealer to have the recall completed. However, Ford urges owners of recalled vehicles to bring their vehicle to their dealer as soon as possible to have the speed control switch disconnected to eliminate the risk of fire.

Q. So customers will not be able to use their Speed Control System until the modification is performed?
A. Correct. Although some customer may regard the inability to use their Speed Control System as an inconvenience, we believe this action is in the best interest of our customers' safety.

Q. Can customers avoid overheating the switch by not using the Speed Control System
A. No. Because the electrical circuit to the Speed Control Deactivation Switch is always energized, not using the Speed Control System will not reduce the potential for overheating the switch.

Q. My vehicle is part of the recall, but I can't get it in right away. What should I do until I can get it into the dealer.

A. The potential for fire is small. However, owners who are concerned should park their vehicle outside until the repair is completed. Ultimately, the best action for customers is to have their dealer perform the repair as soon as possible.

Q. Why didn't you include these vehicles in last year's recall?
A. Investigation of underhood fires is complex because fires can occur for a variety of reasons, including improper vehicle modification (such as aftermarket accessories), arson, prior accident damage, lack of maintenance, or a faulty repair. Often, evidence as to the cause and origin of the fire is lost as a result of damage from the fire, or efforts to extinguish it. Because the number of fires reported in this latest vehicle population is low, it took continued investigation and analyses to identify the various factors that would increase the susceptibility for a switch leak and a potential fire in this latest population of vehicles.

Q. My vehicle and model year is listed in the recall, but it has a diesel engine. Why isn't it included in this recall?
A. Vehicles equipped with diesel engines have different system conditions.

Q. My vehicle and model year is listed in the recall, but it has a branded or salvaged title. Can I get the recall performed?
A. Affected title branded and salvaged vehicles are eligible for this recall.

Q. How can you be sure that vehicles outside of the recall won't or don't have the same concern?
A. Ford has thoroughly investigated the potential for switch-related fires in other models and model years in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The other vehicles are not affected by the same factors that are found in the recall population.

Q. My vehicle is not a part of this recall, but it has the same switch. Is it safe to park my car in the garage?
A. Yes.

Q. Are there any early warning signs or symptoms I would notice that would indicate a problem?
A. If the switch malfunctions, a customer may notice vehicle symptoms such as; the speed control may become inoperable, the vehicle may not shift out of park, the rear brake lamps may not work, brake fluid may leak at the switch, the battery may drain or go dead, the ABS warning light may flash or a fuse in the system may open.

Q. Can a customer disconnect the Speed Control Deactivation Switch connector?
A. No. To ensure that the correct connector is disconnected, a dealership technician should perform this service.

Q. Is the Speed Control Deactivation Switch located on the steering wheel?
A. No. The Speed Control Deactivation Switch is typically mounted to the brake master cylinder under the hood. On some of the earlier built vehicles, the Speed Control Deactivation Switch was mounted to a junction block or brake proportioning valve located below the master cylinder on or near the frame rail.

Q. I lost my vehicle in a fire and it is one of the vehicles included in the recall. Will I be reimbursed for damages?
A. Customers should work with their insurance company to address these concerns.

Source: Ford Inc

Comments

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I'm active duty military stationed in Germany. Will the local German Ford dealer be equipped to perform this fix?

Submitted by Alfred Morgia (not verified) on
I submitted my Van, vin 1fdee14h5rhb79563, for SCDS recall and since then the break and the ABS light will come on and off. The part number of the harness is 1L1Z*9F924*AA. I believe that the installation of the new harness affected the ABS system of the Van. It did not bother me much before since I still have breaks, but now I realize that I could lose my brakes anytime.Thanks.