Ford Recalls 3.6 Million Cars, Trucks, and SUV's

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ford is recalling 3.6 million passenger cars, trucks, SUVs and vans to address concerns about a cruise control switch.  The recall covers more than a dozen vehicle models built from 1992-2004.

Ford says it's responding to concerns about the speed control deactivation switch in the vehicles that is powered at all times.  A spokesman says there've been "a few reports of fires" in Crown Victorias.

The same switch has led to previous recalls based on reports of fires.

The recall involves the following vehicles:

  • 1998-2002 Ford Ranger
  • 1992-1997 Lincoln Town Car
  • 1992-1997 Ford Crown Victoria
  • 1992-1997 Mercury Grand Marquis
  • 1993-1998 Lincoln Mark VIII
  • 1993-1995 Taurus SHO
  • 1999-2001 Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer
  • 2001-2002 Ford Explorer Sport
  • 2001-2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
  • 1992-1993 E150-350 vans
  • 1997-2002 E150-350 vans
  • 1993 Ford F-Series pickups
  • 1993 Ford Bronco
  • 1994 Mercury Capri
  • 2003-2004 Ford F-150 Lightning
  • 1995-2002 Ford F53 motor homes.

Recall notices should start arriving on August 13th.  A spokesman says parts for passenger cars won't be available until early October.  Owners can take their vehicles to a dealer to have the cruise control deactivated until the parts arrive.

Ford had recalled nearly six million vehicles beginning in January 2005 because of engine fires linked to the cruise control systems in trucks, SUVs and vans.

Owners with questions about the recall can contact Ford at (888) 222-2751.