Another Ford truck burst into flames in Pearland late Tuesday, seven
months after Ford announced a massive recall because a cruise control
problem could lead to fires. KHOU's Janice Williamson takes a look at
this troubling problem.
"It's scary. It could have burned down my house," said Laura Voos, who
owned the truck.
Voos said she never expected her Ford pick up truck to catch fire.
"The truck had been in park for about an hour, turned off, locked up
and everything," said Voos. "It's kind of crazy to come out and see
your truck on fire in your driveway."
The Pearland woman knew about the recall of Ford F-150's because of a
faulty cruise control switch. But she says she didn't know her truck
was part of the recall until last week when a letter arrived, reminding
her to get it repaired.
"My husband had told me the cruise control didn't work so we didn't
take it seriously because the cruise control wasn't working," said
Experts say that should have been a warning to get the switch replaced
"The first signs of an issue could be a cruise control malfunction
which is definitely a sign to get into your dealership quick," said Jay
Stout with Tommie Vaughn Ford.
It could prevent what happened to Laura Voos, from happening again.
According to the Ford Motor Company, about half the customers notified
about the recall have actually gotten the needed repairs. Here are the
Ford models that have been recalled:
2000 F-150 pickups
2000 Lincoln navigator
Certain F-series supercrew trucks
The feds are also looking into whether to expand that recall to other