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Largest Ford Recall announced today

Today, Ford issued its largest recall ever with 4.5 million vehicles with a possible fire hazard from a faulty switch.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued its eighth recall that involves 16 million Ford Motor vehicles, with concerns about the cruise control deactivation switch manufactured by Texas Instruments.  The faulty switch can leak hydraulic fluid, overheat, smoke, then burn, and risks causing a fire even when the ignition is turned off, parked and unattended, the NHTSA said.

The risk is higher for 1.1 million Ford Windstars that were subject to a government investigation.

“We determined with the government that there is a low risk of fires for those vehicles,” Ford spokesman Wes Sherwood said. “The other 3.4 million vehicles are the remaining vehicles that have the Texas Instrument switch, so we’re recalling them to reassure customers and prevent future recalls.” Sherwood said that Ford vehicles did not use the Texas Instrument switch in post-2003 models.

NHTSA said drivers should look for warnings signs of possible imminent fires that includes: malfunctioning cruise control systems, brake lights, antilock braking system, and brake light warnings on the dashboard.  NHTSA also said that difficulty getting the vehicle out of the park is also a warning.

Ford is notifying customers and instructing them to take vehicles to dealers for a complimentary installation of a fused wiring harness that will eliminate the risk of fires, the NHTSA said, and CNN reported.

The safety recall is expected to begin around October 26. Owners may contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673 or NTHSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or visit

Tuesday’s recall includes the following Ford models: 1995-2003 Windstars, 2000-2003 Excursion diesels, 1993-1997 and 1999-2003 F-Super Duty diesels, 1992-2003 Econolines, 1995-2002 Explorers and Mercury Mountaineers, 1995-1997 and 2001-2003 Rangers and 1994 F35 motor homes.

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