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Ford Recall to Fix Fire Hazard

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Ford recalling 155,000 pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles.

Ford Motor Company is recalling 155,000 sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks which includes the following models: 2003 F-150, F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550 Super Duty truck, the Ford Excursion SUV and the Lincoln Blackwood pickup.

The recall involves a defective cruise control switch that is potentially causing fires in older model Ford trucks.

In 2006, Ford recalled 5.8 million vehicles after detailed investigations by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) due to engine fires linked to the cruise control systems in their SUVs, vans and trucks.

The investigation concluded that brake fluid could leak through the cruise control’s deactivation switch into electrical components and cause to corrosion which might lead to overheating and fire.

Ford officials now say an internal check discovered the same switch systems in some early 2003 trucks and SUVs.

To date, the NHTSA has received about 1,472 complaints regarding the problem, including 65 reports of fires. There have been no reports of death or injuries.

Ford will be mailing consumers notices by mail. The problem can be fixed at dealerships. Customers can contact Ford with further questions at 1-866-426-7332.