NHTSA: 5 Million Ford, Lincoln, Mercury Vehicles Pose Fire Hazard

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a consumer advisory this week urging owners of certain Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury SUVs, pickup trucks, vans, and passenger cars to take their vehicles to a local dealership for a corrective repair. The vehicles contain a defective cruise control switch that could lead to a fire at any time, even while the vehicle is turned off, parked, and unattended, the agency says. Repair parts are immediately available.

NHTSA remains concerned that many owners have yet to respond to multiple safety defect recall notifications from Ford. Of the 12 million vehicles involved in the recall, nearly 5 million have not yet been brought to Ford for repair. NHTSA issued the following list of 21 vehicles needing the repair:

1. 1993-2004 Ford F150
2. 1993-1999 Ford F250 (gasoline engine)
3. 1993-1996 Ford Bronco
4. 1994-1996 Ford Econoline
5. 1997-2002 Ford Expedition
6. 1998-2002 Lincoln Navigator
7. 1998-2002 Ford Ranger
8. 1992-1998 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car
9. 1993-1998 Lincoln Mark VIII
10. 1993-1995 Ford Taurus SHO with automatic transmission
11. 1994 Mercury Capri
12. 1998-2001 Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer
13. 2001-2002 Ford Explorer Sport and Explorer Sport Trac
14. 1992-1993 and 1997-2003 Ford E-150-350 gasoline or natural gas vehicles
15. 2002 Ford E-550 gasoline engine vehicles
16. 1996-2003 Ford E-450 gasoline or natural gas vehicles
17. 1994-2002 Ford F-250 through F-550 super Duty trucks (gasoline engine)
18. 2000-2002 Ford Excursion (gasoline engine)
19. 2003 F250 - F550 Super Duty, Ford Excursion
20. 1995-2002 Ford F53 Motor home chassis
21. 2002-2003 Lincoln Blackwood

Consumers with questions should contact their local Ford/Lincoln/Mercury dealer, or call 888-222-2751. Additional information is available at www.ford.com.

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