Ford Recalling 4.5 Million Vehicles


The Detroit News is reporting that Ford will recall 4.5 million vehicles over a faulty cruise control deactivation switch. It is the same defect that was at the heart of previous recalls now totaling 14 million vehicles. There have been more than 1,500 complaints and at least 550 vehicles fires due to the faulty part. 

The new recall includes these vehicles:

  • 1995-2003 Ford Windstar 
  • 2000-2003 Ford Excursion diesel
  • 1993-1997 and 1999-2003 Ford F-Super Duty diesel
  • 1992-2003 Ford Econoline
  • 1995-2002 Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer
  • 1995-1997 and 2001-2003 Ford Ranger
  • 1994 Ford F53 Motorhome vehicles equipped with the Texas Instruments speed control deactivation. 

This has been a black cloud for Ford for nearly 10 years. The automaker recalled 9.6 million vehicles between 1999 and 2008 and is still battling dozens of lawsuits over the issue. 

Ford recalls 4.5 million vehicles for faulty switch (Detroit News)

By David Thomas | October 13, 2009 | Comments (9)



Any critics over this recall as there was a huge fuss about TOYOTA recall?

Well, this has been an ongoing problem, doesn't affect vehicles currently in production, and thus most of the criticism has already been aired.


Recall ongoing for at least a decade should have been corrected by now.


Do they know which supplier made the part?


Texas Instruments made the part.


Took them 10 years and still not fixed?

Derrick G

Seems like their just waiting out NHTSA until there are enough complaints against a specific model before recalling it.


where do we get these things fixed at?


If speed control on a vehicle is broken prior to recommended modification, is it possble that it was caused by the same part malfunction? If so, will Ford pay for a repair to a cruise control that is out of warranty bu subject to the recall.

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