2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-27 05:39
In the US, Ford has to call over eight million vehicles to the workshops. There is a risk of fire due to a fault in the cruise control.
Due to the risk of fire as a result of a possibly defective cruise control, the US road safety authority "NHTSA" is now calling on around 8.4 million Ford customers to report to the dealer to have their vehicles checked. The main reason is an error in the switch electronics supplied by Texas Instruments, which has been known for ten years.
For this reason, according to the authorities, Ford has recalled around 14 million vehicles worldwide since 1999, of which more than half have so far not been brought to the workshops for inspection by customers. To date, this is the largest return campaign in US automobile history.
72 incidents in the previous year
Most recently, Ford renewed its recall in October last year after 72 customers reported fire problems. However, according to Ford, the number of vehicles that may be affected in Germany is likely to be "less than 1,700 units" since, with the exception of the SUV Explorer and the Mini-Van Windstar, the recalled models were not sold on the German market during the period in question.
According to the NHTSA, there is also a risk of fire when the affected cars are parked. Owners of vehicles born between 1992 and 2003 are therefore asked to watch out for "significant warning signals". Such can, for example, the lack of deactivation of the "Cruise Control",the failure of the brake lights and a permanently lit ABS function display in the dashboard. (mid)
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