Ford recalls vehicles a second time

Ford recalls vehicles a second time
Automaker to notify dealers, customers
Bernadine Williams and Harry Stoffer Automotive News
January 31, 2008 - 1:20 pm ET UPDATED: 1/31/08 4:19 p.m. EST
DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. began notifying Ford and Lincoln Mercury dealers this week of a safety recall covering about 225,000 vehicles that were previously recalled for improper wire harnesses.
"The action we are taking does deal with a new issue related to a previous recall," said Ford spokeswoman Jennifer Moore.
The newly recalled vehicles are among 10.4 million cars and trucks Ford previously had recalled in stages since 1999 because a cruise control switch was found to pose a fire hazard -- even when vehicles were parked and turned off.
In some cases, homes were destroyed when vehicles burned in attached garages.
The original repair involved installation of a wiring harness around the cruise control switch.
Ford found that the harness did not function properly in this subset of 225,000 vehicles, now being recalled a second time, company spokesmen told Automotive News.
Ford plans to notify the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that wiring harnesses installed on eight models built in years varying between 1992 and 2003 are not compatible with the current circuit polarity.
The harnesses have an improperly placed fuse. The placement does not offer enough protection if there is an electrical short circuit, according to the dealer alert.
In a letter sent Tuesday, Jan. 29, to dealers, Ford said it does not intend to notify owners of the recall until NHTSA has been informed and dealers receive service repair information.
" All customers have an available interim action that eliminates any risk if the part is not available for their vehicle," Moore said in a statement. Ford expects to begin owner notification by mid-February.
Dealers can expect to receive the service bulletin next week.
These models make up the list of vehicles to be recalled by Ford:
-- 1992-2003 Econoline* -- 1992-98 Crown Victoria/Grand Marquis -- 1993 Bronco -- 1995-97 F-series stripped chassis* -- 1993-95 Taurus SHO -- 1992-95 Town Car -- 1993 F series* *Indicates gasoline engines only
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