Fords on Fire Again

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 Voos. Experts say that should have been a warning to get the switch replaced immediately.
"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 Expeditions 2000 Lincoln navigator Certain F-series supercrew trucks
The feds are also looking into whether to expand that recall to other vehicles.
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The more complicated they get, the more things that can go wrong.
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True, but we the public have something to do with it. As car owners we expect our cars to do more and more for less and less (in inflation-adjusted dollars). These days they are loaded with safety devices that were inconceivable only a decade ago, handle much better, diagnose themselves and pollute much, much less than ever before. Not to mention all the convenience and entertainment gadgets. For example, the basic AM/FM radio from the 60's is now an eight-speaker quadraphonic satellite HiFi receiver, with a CD changer, a DVD player, a trip computer and a GPS navigation system, all in one. As shareholders we expect the automakers to beat the competition, make a profit and pay us nice dividends. The technology to deliver all this complexity exists and the starving masses in third world countries are available to design and produce it cheaply, but an automobile is frequently not the right place for pinching pennies. Unlike a cell phone or a home DVD player, a car is essentially a moving bomb, loaded with gallons of flammable fluid, with the owner trapped inside. I am frequently amazed how cheeply cars are built and what kind of shortcuts are taken to deliver all this complexity. The infamous TFI ignition module that plagued Fords for a decade was bolted right onto the hot distributor, probably to save about 50 cents' worth of wire and an extra connector. One look at the failing power supply board in the Explorer Mach radios of the late 90's shows that it's designed with the cheapest printed circuit technology available, not much different from what's used in toys. The same is true, by the way for the PCM circuit board. It would not surprise me to find that the fire-catching cruise control deactivation pressure switch could have been problem-free had they spent 25 cents more on its membrane. But there are thousands and thousands of such parts in the average vehicle and we want them all... It's a true marvel that most of them work as well as they do.
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