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Ford Recall: 1.1 Million Ford Trucks Have Fuel Tank Defect

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Ford is recalling 1.1 million pickup trucks because of corrosion problems that could cause straps holding the gas tanks to break and allow the the gas tank to drag the ground or fall off complete, causing a fire.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2htM5ScD1wg

Vehicles affected include:

  • 1997 – 2003 F-150 pickup trucks
  • 2004 F-150 Heritage pickup trucks
  • 1997 – 1999 F-250 pickup trucks
  • 2002 – 2003 Lincoln Blackwood pickup trucks

According to WSJ, Ford says that prolonged exposure to ice melting road salt in colder weather states may cause the metal straps holding the fuel tank to corrode and break allowing the tank to fall. This corrosion could also cause the fuel lines to separate from the gas tank. Leaking fuel under circumstance would result in fire.

Recall service is set to begin around September 12, 2011 and owners may contact Ford at (866) 436-7332.

My readers may recall that I wrote about Ford’s fuel tank strap problem back in May 2011. In May, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stepped up its investigation of more than 2.7 million Ford F-150 trucks because of the tank strap corrosion problem. So far, Ford has recalled less than half of the vehicles subject to the NHTSA investigation. This recall may just be the tip of the iceberg.

Many different fuel system defects can lead to fuel fed fires. Car and truck fires can happen for a large number of reasons, including failure to include fuel filler tube check valves, misrouting of fuel lines, failure to protect the fuel lines or improper placement of the fuel tank inside the vehicle’s crush zone. Something as simple as failing to turn a bolt so that the rounded "head" end faces the fuel tank rather than the sharper "threaded" end can lead to a fatal fuel fed fire in an accident.

Ford has faced some challenges of late following a scathing, 51-page judicial opinion documenting Ford’s conduct in concealing evidence, destroying documents, and misleading safety experts at NHTSA. Nevertheless, just last week Ford reported a $2.4 billion profit during just the last 3 months. Let’s hope Ford uses all this cash to put its safety program back on track. Profits shouldn’t come before safety and human life.

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(c) Copyright 2011 Brett A. Emison

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  1. george says:
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    what happens to those who already dealt with the problem? my tank fell off just feet from a dismissing school spruing gas all over repairs were over a thousand dollars.

  2. don ho says:
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    Fuel tank strap? Hahaha. Every ford truck I see has frame rail and bed rust through issues.Hey.These are only isolated conditions Ford says.Guess who will not buy a ford…

  3. Ryan says:
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    I have a 1997 F150, and I’d like to know too. I could smell gas the other day, took it to Canadian Tire to look at. They discovered the same problem, and I had to get a whole new tank. It was a thousand dollars in repairs.

  4. Brett Emison says:
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    George and Ryan,

    Thanks for reading and leaving comments. I would contact Ford at (866) 436-7332 (or contact your local dealer who performed the repair) and demand Ford refund the cost of the repair covered by this recall.

  5. Tyler says:
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    I have an 02 f-150 that has a romeo 4.6 engine. The head gasket is leaking oil onto the exhaust manifold. Apparently this is a common problem. I guess it will have to burn to get Ford attention, as they have told me it’s my problem. Only has 140 K K/M on it.

  6. Tyler says:
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    I have an 02 f-150 that has a romeo 4.6 engine. The head gasket is leaking oil onto the exhaust manifold. Apparently this is a common problem. I guess it will have to burn to get Ford attention, as they have told me it’s my problem. Only has 140 K K/M on it.