Detroit Trucks Lose Illumination; No Signals, No Lights, No Hazard Flashers, No Safety

July 21st, 2011

Detroit trucks may be included in the latest round of recalls announced by Ford Motor Corp.

Detroit Trucks Lose Light as Ford Begins Recall.

DETROIT, M.I. – Detroit trucks are currently being recalled for issues with their lights. It was announced in the middle of this week that Ford Motor Corp is recalling 20,450 Ford trucks of most sizes and model years along with 6,265 service parts, which have already been sent to dealers across the country.

The model years range from 2002 to 2011, depending on the truck. The Detroit trucks that may be affected include F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550. All models include their Superduty counterparts as well. The Ford Excursion and Ranger are also included in the recalls, having possibly the same problem.

Each of these vehicles may be failing to comply with one of the federal motor vehicle requirements: safety standard no. 108. It seems the multi-function switch may have a deformed slider. The defect may cause the turn signal, tail lights, hazard warning flashers and/or the brake lights to not turn on. Non-working lights could increase the potential for a crash.

Dealers must comply with this recall by looking through records and identifying which vehicles they have sold that may need part replacement. Any Detroit trucks that have had a switch replaced that was built between Jan. 12, 2011 and April 9, 2011 fall into the recall category. Also, dealerships must check the vehicles that are still currently on their lots and must replace the parts before the trucks may be sold. If dealerships do not meet the terms, they could face up to $6,000 in penalty fees per vehicle.

There have been no accidents or injuries at this point. Ford Motor Corp intends to send out letters by August 15, but all owners will be able to bring in their Detroit trucks even without a letter. The service will be performed and parts replaced at no charge to owners.

For more information, owners may contact the Ford Motor Corp customer relationship center at 866-436-7332.

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[Source(s): The Detroit Free Press, NHTSA]

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