According to a posting this week on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTDS) website, Ford Motor Co. is recalling over 655,000 pick-up trucks because of a faulty hose. The recall is scheduled to begin in July.
The trucks in question are the Ford F-150 and Lincoln Mark LT. They are 2005-2006 trucks with 5.4 liter, three-valve engines. The hose as is could interfere with the vehicles’ braking ability.
Most of the trucks being recalled are in the United States, although about 50,000 are in Canada and 1500 in other countries. So far there have been eleven small accidents tied to this hose issue, but no injuries. Ford dealers will replace the hose at no charge.
That same Ford F-150 pickup truck was recalled twice back in 2005, along with some SUVs. The first recall was in January, 2005 and the second one in September.
The reason on those occasions was fire risk. About 550 complaints had been made to the NHTDS about fires breaking out in unattended vehicles. In January, Ford recalled about 792,000 pickup trucks and SUVs for a faulty speed control deactivation switch that they suspected of causing the fires. The F-150 models were from 1995 to 1999, 2001 and 2002.
In September, after some delay, Ford recalled nearly four million trucks to replace that same switch. Again, the F-150 was one of the recalled vehicles. That was the fourth largest recall in Ford’s history. Brake fluid was leaking through that switch into the speed control system’s electrical components. That caused corrosion over time, leading to fires.
When we buy a new vehicle, we tend to assume that it is safe and in excellent working order. Most of the time that is true, but when it is not true, disasters can happen. If you have been hurt by a faulty vehicle, or if you have a loved one so injured, please call or email us for a free case evaluation.