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Ford Recalls 2008 Trucks

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Ford halts sales of Big Super Duty

Ford Motor Company is ordering dealers to stop the selling of the new Super Duty pickup with the 6.4-liter diesel engine, until further notice. The Ford recall involves over 37,999 of the 2008 F-Series trucks after receiving reports about tailpipe fires in the diesel version of this truck.

According to a Ford spokesman, Ford has received three reports of flames shooting from the tailpipes after fuel or oil leaked into an area of the exhaust system where diesel particulates are burned to meet emission standards.

In one report, from Texas, the Super Duty diesel’s hot tailpipe caused a grass fire when the driver pulled over to the side of the road, according to Ford. Thankfully, no one was hurt and the fire was quickly put out.

The heavy-duty work truck is an important aspect of financial recovery at Ford as the automaker tries to pull itself out of $12.7 billion in red ink from last year.

Ford dealers have an inventory on hand of roughly 29,000 Super Duty trucks with the 6.4-liter diesel engine. Sales of the hot selling truck will not resume until the engine control software can be updated.

The software upgrade resets the Super Duty power train control module on the Ford trucks to recognize improper levels of heat in the exhaust system. If heat is detected, the system will power down the truck so the driver can pull to the side of the road and allow the truck to cool off.

Ford estimates the software can be modified during ten minute procedure. Super Duty trucks that have not been shipped from their assembly plant in Louisville, Kentucky will receive the engine control software update at the plant.

Customers who currently own one of the first 8,400 Super Duty Trucks that are already on the road will be notified in April that they need to bring their truck to the dealer for a free software upgrade.