Washington, DC—(ENEWSPF)—August 2, 2011.
Summary: Ford is recalling certain 1997 through 2003 Model Year Ford F-150, 2004 model Year Ford F-150 Heritage, 1997 through 1999 model Year F-250 less than 8,500 lbs. gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR), and 2002 and 2003 Lincoln Blackwater vehicles manufactured from June 20, 1994, through August 4 2004, originally sold, or currently registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. Prolonged exposure to road deicing chemicals may cause severe corrosion of the fuel tank straps which secure the tank to the vehicle.
Consequence: As a result of the corrosion, one or both straps may fail allowing the fuel lines to separate from the tank, or in some cases, causing the tank to contact the ground. Either scenario may result in a fuel leak presenting a fire hazard.
Remedy: Ford will notify owners and instruct them to take their vehicles to a Ford or Lincoln dealer to have the fuel tank straps replaced with straps that have increased corrosion protection. Early in this campaign, if replacement straps are not available, dealers may install a cable support under the strap as an interim repair or a steel reinforcement over the existing strap as a permanent repair. Any repairs will be performed free of charge. The Safety Recall is expected to begin on or about September 12, 2011. Owners may contact Ford Motor Company Customer Relationship Center at 866-436-7332.
Notes: Ford’s recall campaign number is 11S21. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.