Due to the risks posed by corroding straps, Ford Motor Co. has issued the recall of over 1 million trucks, including the F-150, its best-selling vehicle in the U.S. When the straps in these fuel tanks corrode, there’s a possibility that the tanks will fall.
Ford spokesman Wesley Sherwood said that so far, the problem has resulted to three fires and one injury. The recall was announced on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Web site.
The recalls are being issued after the NHTSA initiated a probe last year. The recalls cover 21 states in the U.S., as well as in the District of Columbia, where the metal straps could corrode due to the de-icing chemicals used on roads in cold weather.
Sherwood said that the trucks included in the recalls are the "older, higher-mileage" vehicles that use fuel-tank straps that may corrode after being operated for long periods in high-corrosion areas.
Ford said that 1.1 million pickup trucks are being recalled. These include F-150s from model years 1997 to 2004; the 1997 to 1999 F-250s; and 2002 to 2003 Lincoln Blackwoods.
Ford said that it will inform the vehicle owners about the recalls in the middle of September. The repairs will be done for free. Earlier in 2011, Ford had recalled over 1 million 2004 to 2006 F-150s for air-bag defects due to a risk that they won’t deploy when required.