Ford Motor Co. will recall 3.6 million vehicles to remove a cruise control switch that has been associated with fires in other vehicles.
Vehicles being recalled range from the 1992 to 2004 model years and include the Ford Bronco, Lincoln Town Car, Ford Explorer, Ford Ranger and Mercury Grand Marquis among others.
The company is doing this in order to respond to customer concerns about the safety of the switch, which has been the subject of previous recalls.
The reason for this recall is different from any other recall we've done in the past related to cruise control deactivation switches," said Ford spokesman Dan Jarvis.
None of the vehicles involved in this recall have experienced an abnormal number of fires, Jarvis said. The company is recalling the vehicles so that customers will not be concerned about the switch, he said.
In 2005 and 2006, the company recalled nearly 6 million vehicles because of problems with the cruise control cut-off switch.
The switch shuts off the cruise control when the driver firmly steps on the brakes. The switch is located under the hood of the vehicle and is attached to the brake master cylinder on one end and wired to the cruise control on the other.
The switch is powered at all times, even when the vehicle is turned off. In some cases fluid leaking the switch could cause it to short circuit resulting in a fire, which led to the earlier recalls.
The recall will begin on August 13. Vehicle owners will have the cruise control switch, also called the speed control switch, deactivated as an interim repair. When new parts are available, which is expected to be October, Ford dealers will begin installing new parts.
These are the vehicles in the recall:
Ford Bronco SUV 1993
Ford Crown Victoria Sedan 1992-1998
Ford E150 Van 1992-1993, 1997-2002
Ford E250 Van 1992-1993, 1997-2003
Ford E350 Van 1992-1993, 1997-2003
Ford E450 Van 2003
Ford Explorer SUV 1991-2001
Ford Explorer Sport SUV 2001-2002
Ford Explorer Sport Trac SUV 2001-2002
Ford F150 Lightning Pickup 2003-2004
Ford F150 Pickup 1993
Ford F250 Pickup 1993
Ford F350 Pickup 1993
Ford F450 Pickup 1995-2002
Ford F53 Motor home 1995-2002
Ford Ranger Pickup 1998-2002
Ford Taurus SHO Sedan 1993-1995
Lincoln Mark VII Sedan 1993-1998
Lincoln Town Car Sedan 1992-1998
Mercury Capri 2-seat Convertible 1994
Mercury Grand Marquis 1992-1998
Mercury Mountaineer SUV 1999-2001