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Ford recalls 1.1 million pickup trucks

Posted On Thu, August 4, 2011

According to The New York Times, the Ford Motor Company recently announced a recall of roughly 1.1 million pickup trucks due to the potential for metal straps that cradle fuel tanks to rust. This came on the heels on assurances from the company that the condition was no cause for safety concern.

The National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) investigated about 2.7 million pickup trucks last year. Ford is only recalling trucks that were sold or registered in states where road salt is frequently used. Karen Aldana, a spokesperson for the NHTSA, told the Times, "Our investigation is still open, but we're satisfied with the steps Ford has taken."

1997 through 2003 Ford F-150s, 2004 F-150 Heritages, 2002 to 2003 Lincoln Blackwoods and 1997 to 1999 F-250s with a gross weight below 8,500 lbs. are the vehicles subject to the recall. When asked why Ford decided to recall the vehicles after first insisting there was no problem, Ford spokesman Wes Sherwood wrote to the Times that the company had seen "an increasing number of complaints alleging this condition."

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