By Dave Lee
2010 Ford Ranger Recall
Ford is recalling 23,688 Ford Ranger trucks from the 2010 model year because a protective cover on the fuel line may not be properly installed, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
In the affected vehicles, which were built between Oct. 15, 2009 and May 19 2010, the edge of the throttle body shield may contact the fuel line, causing chafing that could lead to a fuel odor and a leak. If an ignition source is present when this happens, a fire may result. You can check your car’s build date on the label attached to the driver’s side doorjamb.
The recall is expected to begin Monday. Dealers will trim the throttle body shield away from the fuel line, check the fuel line for any signs of wear and replace it if necessary at no charge. Owners may call Ford at 866-436-7332 or NHTSA’s hotline at 888-327-4236.
2011 Ford F-Series Recall
In a separate action, 8,022 Ford vehicles from the 2011 model year are being recalled, including certain F-Series pickup trucks. An electrical short may develop in the body control module and cause a fire, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The vehicles in the recall are the 2011 Ford Edge, F-150, F-250, F-350, F-450, F-550 and the Lincoln MKX. The vehicles were built from Oct. 25 to Nov. 20, 2010.
The affected vehicles were previously inspected as part of an earlier recall campaign using a diagnostic system to check whether the body control module needed to be replaced, based on the serial number. However, the system’s custom software was not reading the correct set of characters and could not determine if a body control module needed replacing.
Ford says the faulty BCM was manufactured by Lear Corporation in Mexico. The problem was discovered after two F-150 pickups caught fire during manufacturing at Ford's Dearborn Assembly Plant in Michigan. An investigation found that a newly hired operator failed to properly clean a soldering machine during four production shifts from October 25, 2010, to October 30, 2010, resulting tn a small number of printed circuit boards with contaminants that could result in a short circuit in the BCM.
The recall is expected to begin Monday. Dealers will inspect the body control module and replace it if necessary at no charge. Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332 or NHTSA’s hotline at 888-327-4236.
[Source: NHTSA, Ford via Cars.com]