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Ford Recalls 1.1 Million Trucks For Fuel Tank Flaw

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2004 Ford F-150 Lariat

Ford Motor Company is issuing a major recall for pickup trucks from its popular F-150 and F-250 lines, as well as the Lincoln Blackwood. At issue is a problem with the models' fuel tank straps, which could result in fuel tanks separating from affected vehicles and, potentially, start fires.

The flaw has less to do with the tank straps themselves than with the chemicals used to de-ice roads in certain areas of the country. Over time, those chemicals can cause fuel tank straps to corrode, and in extreme cases, allow the fuel lines or even tanks themselves to separate from vehicles. If that happens, of course, there's likely to be a fuel leak, which could result in a fire.

The recall affects some 1,100,000 vehicles: Ford F-150s from the 1997 - 2004 model years; F-250s from the 1997 - 1999 model years; and the 2002 - 2003 Lincoln Blackwood.

As with similar recalls, this one is limited to vehicles originally sold or currently registered in particular areas of the U.S. -- namely Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. In other parts of the country, fuel tank straps should hold up just fine.

Ford says that it will begin sending notifications about the recall no later than September 12. At that time, owners will be able to take their trucks to a Ford or Lincoln dealer, who will replace the current straps with ones offering greater protection against corrosion. 

Recalls like this can be more than a little confusing, so if you have questions, we encourage you to contact your local dealer, or call Ford at 866-436-7332 and reference recall campaign #11S21. Alternately, you can contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 and ask about NHTSA recall campaign #11V385000

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Comments (3)
  1. maybe they should ask for a bail out to help fix the cars..nah..will let GM and..let me see...the new Italiano Chrysler... do that...maybe Korea will buy GM..maybe they can make them get there act together...remember the consumer rip off.... EV1.ORG
     
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  2. To take a line from above, "In other parts of the country (i.e. outside the named 21 states and DC), fuel tank straps should hold up just fine." So I am confused. What happens to the owner whose vehicle is not registered in one of these locations but has spent time driving on the same roads subject to the same same de-icing conditions as the owners of the soon-to-be-recalled vehicles? Also, in doing some web research it appears that the NHTSA and Ford have been working through this issue for some time. So as an owner of a 2004 F150 (NOT registered or bought in a named recall state) who has driven in some of the named recall states during winter and therefore subject to the same de-icing chemicals. I am concerned about the risk. Comments?
     
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  3. Your truck probably won't "officially" be part of the recall, but given the size of the recall and the simplicity of the fix, I think you could make the case that your straps need replacing, too. If you've spent ample time on icy roads in the affected states, a reasonable dealer would be likely to wrap your vehicle in.
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    That said, this isn't the sort of thing that happens overnight. You'd have needed to spend a good bit of time driving on icy roads in the affected states to be at risk. If I were you, I'd call up your dealer and have a friendly chat. However, I might wait a week -- sometimes it takes a while for recall info to trickle down from HQ and the NHTSA to individual dealers.
     
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