The Ford Motor Company issued a recall of over 1 million pickup trucks, including the popular F-150. In a report at latimes.com, the pickups have defective gas tanks. According to Ford, the straps that hold the gas tank in place can corrode from prolonged use, causing the tank to drop and possibly catch fire.
So far, the gas tanks have caused one injury and three car fires. The vehicle recall affects about 1.22 million pickups in 21 states, Washington, D.C., and Canada. Ford pickup drivers in the DC area will want to pay particular attention to this recall because the de-icing materials used in some cold weather climates can make the corrosion happen faster.
Pickups subject to the recall are the F-150 made between 1997 and 2003, the F-150 Heritage made between 1997 and 1999, and the Lincoln Blackwood made between 2002 and 2003. Starting next month, Ford will notify owners affected by the recall and repair the trucks at no charge.
This is Ford’s second recall of the year. In April, Ford recalled over 1 million F-150 pickups due to spontaneously exploding front-seat airbags.
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