Ford Recalls 225,000 Vehicles for Cruise Control

February 4, 2008

Ford Motor Co. said Saturday it is recalling about 225,000 vehicles that were already repaired as part of an earlier recall to address concerns about a cruise control deactivation switch.

Ford says the affected vehicles represent a small portion of the about 10 million vehicles that have been recalled since 1999 related to the cruise control switch problem.

Ford spokesman Wesley Sherwood said the automaker plans to notify the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration next week about the latest recall, which was reported Saturday by The Detroit News.

Ford dealt with cruise control switch problem by installing new wiring harnesses in the recalled vehicles. Now, the automaker says some of those wiring harnesses appear to be defective.

Ford discovered the wiring harnesses problem while repairing a vehicle in its own fleet and said no accidents or injuries have been caused by the problem.

The cruise control switch recall was due to engine fires linked to the cruise control systems in trucks, sport-utility vehicles and vans.

The vehicles in the new recall include 185,000 E-Series vans with model years ranging from 1992 to 2003.

Other affected vehicles include 1993-95 Ford Taurus SHO; 1992-98 Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis; 1992-95 Lincoln Town Car; 1993 Ford Bronco; 1993 gas powered Ford Super Duty; and 1995-97 gas-powered Ford Super Duty stripped chassis.

Ford said not all vehicles in those model years had the faulty wiring harness installed, and it will contact affected owners.

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