Ford RecallOct 27, 2005 | www.abclocal.go.com
Owners of nearly four million Ford trucks and SUV's have cause for concern today.
Federal investigators want to know more about a defect that causes some of the vehicles to burst into flames.
Sharon Dworcyak, Ford Owner said, "We heard a boom and we looked out the window and saw the fire."
Explosions like those got the attention, not only of Ford owners, but of Government investigators as well.
Several hundred Ford Pickups and SUV's have mysteriously caught fire.
Investigators believe the problem is here: a faulty cruise-control switch under the hood of Ford F-150 Pickups, Expeditions, and Navigators.
Clarence Ditlow - Center for Auto Safety said, "This is one of the more dangerous defects that we have seen because what happens is it can strike when the vehicle is turned of parked in your garage at night and set the house on fire."
Ford has already recalled the entire 2000 model line of those vehicles to replace the switch. But that has not resolved the problem.
As recently as this month, there's been a report of another vehicle fire in a model year not covered by the recall. Kenneth Bankhead's 1999 Expedition caught fire in the family's garage. He says he tried to get that switch replaced, well before the fire.
Kenneth Bankhead - Ford Owner said, "I called 3 Ford dealerships in the Houston area, they told me the 99 Ford Expeditions were not covered by the recall."
As a result of incidents like this, the government probe has expanded.
Investigators are now looking at 3.7 million trucks and SUV's made in the mid 90s thru 2002.
Consumer groups say the investigation needs to go even further, to review all vehicles that have that same switch or similar ones.
Ford says its not clear that all those switches are suspect and it's working closely with the government to try to figure out what's causing the fires.