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Ford Cruise Control Switch Product Liability Injury Lawsuits

Ford Cruise Control Switch | Lawsuits, Lawyers | Product Liability: Injury, Death | Fires, Leak, Defective Switch

Ford Cruise Control Switch Sparks Another Recall

In August 2007, due to defective cruise control switches the Ford Motor Company recalled 3.6 million more cars, trucks, SUVs and vans.  The new action brought the total number of Ford vehicles recalled as a result of the defective cruise control switch to 10 million.  The Ford cruise control switch recalls have now covered every single car and truck built with this type of cruise control switch.  Just prior to the 2007 recall, Ford settled a lawsuit filed by an Iowa man who said his wife died as a result of a fire started by a defective cruise control switch.  The husband of Dolly Mohlis claimed that she became trapped by a fire in their home that started in the 1996 Ford F-150 truck parked in the garage.  Though Ford settled the Mohlis lawsuit, the company continues to deny that the cruise control switch caused the fire.  Ford also claims that its vehicles with the cruise control switch do not have a greater fire risk than other vehicles.   But since the cruise control switch was first used by Ford in 1992, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has documented 600 fires. 

Ford's 2006 Faulty Cruise Control Switch Recall

On August 3, 2006 Ford Motor Company initiated a recall of 1.2 million trucks; sport utility vehicles and vans in the United States due to a defective speed control deactivation switch that can cause fires. This recall includes F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550 trucks from the 1994- 2002 model years, Econoline vans from 1994-1996 model years, E-450 trucks from the 1996-2002 model years, Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer SUVs from 1998 model year and Excursion SUVs from 2000-2002 model years.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration started investigating this issue in March 2005. According to the NHTSA, investigators said the deactivation switch, made by Texas Instruments, could develop an internal short circuit that could result in an engine compartment fire while the vehicle is parked and the ignition off.

2005 Recall of Ford's with Defective Cruise Control Switches

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating more than 3.7 million Ford pickups and sport-utility vehicles because of a defect in the cruise control switch. The probe includes Ford F-150 pickups 1995-99 and 2001-02 model years, Ford Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators from 1997-99 and 2001-02.  All of these model Fords have the defective cruise control switch.

The family of an Iowa woman killed in a house fire last month sued Ford Motor Co., claiming a problem with the family's garaged F-150 pickup caused the blaze. An investigation showed the fire started in the pickups cruise control deactivation switch and spread through the family's garage into their home.

The defective switch has already being linked to 559 fires reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The fires are spontaneous and often occur when the ignition switch is off and the key removed. Ford designed the switch to remain on or “hot” at all times. When a crack develops in the film separating the brake fluid from the electrical circuit, the leak will cause a fire.

Since May 1999, Ford has recalled a total of 1,071,000 vehicles in two separate recalls. CNN reports, however, that a document it has obtained shows Ford is aware that it installed a total of 16 million of the switches between 1992 and 2003 in the following vehicles: •Mark VII/VIII from 1994-1998 •Taurus/Sable and Taurus SHO 2.3 L 1993-1995 •Econoline 1992-2003 •F-Series 1993-2003 •Windstar 1994-2003 •Explorer without IVD 1995-2003 •Explorer Sport/Sport Trac 2002-2003 •Expedition 1997-2003 •Ranger 1995-2003.

Legal Help For Victims Affected By Ford Cruise Control Switch

If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective Ford cruise control switch, please fill out the form at the right for a free case evaluation by a qualified product liability attorney or call us at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).


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More Fords Recalled Over Cruise Control Switch, Fire Hazard

Oct 14, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
Ford Motor Co. is recalling another 4.5 million vehicles over a faulty cruise control switch that can cause a fire.  According to, this Ford recall is the eighth since 1999 involving the defective cruise control switch.  So far, a total of 16 million vehicles have been affected.The Ford vehicles involved in this recall include:1992-2003 Econoline vans2000-2003 Excursion sport utility vehicles1995-2002 Explorer SUVs1993-1997 and 1999-2003 F-Series Super Duty pickup trucks1994...

Ford Issues Super Duty Truck Recall for Faulty Gas Tank, Prepares to End Cruise Control Switch Recall

Apr 30, 2008 | Parker Waichman LLP
Ford Motor Company has announced a recall of some of its Super Duty pickup trucks because of a faulty gas tank.  Ford says that defective mounting on the tanks need to be strengthened to prevent a gasoline leak in a head-on crash.  Meanwhile, Ford says a massive recall of vehicles with faulty cruise control switches is nearly complete, but at least one consumer website says the switches are still a danger.The Ford Super Duty truck pickup recall covers 65,000 2008 F-250 and F-350...

Ford Owners Warned Again on Defective Cruise Control Switch

Feb 29, 2008 | Parker Waichman LLP
Faulty Ford cruise control switches are the subject of yet another consumer safety warning.  Thursday, the government warned owners of about 4.6 million recalled Ford vehicles to bring their cars and trucks in immediately to dealerships to disconnect the cruise control switch systems because they have been linked to engine fires.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued the consumer advisory to owners of some Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury sport utility vehicles,...

Ford Issues Recall for Faulty Cruise Control Switch -- Again

Feb 5, 2008 | Parker Waichman LLP
The Ford cruise control switch recall just won’t end.  Ford Motor Company has announced that it is recalling 225,000 vehicles due to faulty wiring in the cruise control mechanism.  All of the cars included in this recall have been subject to previous Ford cruise control switch recalls, but now, Ford is saying that the wiring used to fix the defective cruise control switches is itself faulty.  Since 1999, Ford has recalled more than 10 million vehicles because of a faulty...

Ford Cruise Control Recall Led Year of Record Vehicle Recalls

Jan 3, 2008 | Parker Waichman LLP
Vehicles recalls increased more than 25 percent in 2007.  Overall, 14.2 million vehicles were recalled last year, up from 11.2 million in 2006, according to preliminary figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  The increase is mainly due to Ford Motor Co., which recalled 5.5 million vehicles in 2007.  Most of the Ford recalls where due to a cruise-control-deactivation switch problem the automaker has been dealing with for years.  GM also recalled...

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