Ford Motor Company Issues Recall for Popular Pickup

By Peter DePaolis

The Ford Motor Company issued a recall of over 1 million pickup trucks, including the popular F-150. In a report at, 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. Call today for more information.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia Injury Attorneys

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.