Ford Recalls Vehicles With Cruise-Control Problems

Associated Press
Sunday, February 3, 2008

Ford said yesterday that it is recalling about 225,000 vehicles that were 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 about 10 million vehicles that have been recalled since 1999 related to the problem with the cruise control switch.

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

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.

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.

Separately, Ford-owned Volvo Cars said yesterday that it was recalling 82,000 cars because of a rust problem that could lead to the vehicle's engine stalling.

The recall concerns the carmaker's S40 and V50 models, made between 2004 and 2006, with five-cylinder petrol engines.

Volvo Cars spokeswoman Maria Bohlin said recalls were being made in the company's "corrosion markets," meaning countries where the climate is such that the cars are exposed to more rust-speeding factors such as rain or road salt.

Bohlin said the problem was in the fuel-pump electronic module, which controls the gas flow to the engine, she said.

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