Recalls: Ford, Jeep, Toyota

August 15, 2006
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Ford Recalls Trucks, SUVs Ford has announced a recall of about 1.2 million
trucks, SUVs and vans because a defect in the cruise control may cause fires. The recall
includes F-series pickup trucks, Explorer and Excursion SUVs and E-series (Econoline vans
and chassis) built from 1996 to 2002. Ford said it is due to “an interaction issue between
the speed-control deactivation switch and the brake system that could, in rare cases, cause
the switch to overheat and ultimately catch fire.” Last year, Ford recalled 5 million
vehicles for a similar problem. Jeep Liberty Recall More than 832,500 Jeep
Liberty SUVs will be recalled for a potential steering defect. The recall involves
2002-2006 model year Libertys. The vehicles may have defective front-suspension ball joints
that could fail and interfere with steering. Dealers will begin repairs in September, when
parts arrive, free of charge. Trouble At Toyota The National Highway
Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating Toyota Tundra pickups built
in 2003 and 2004 because of complaints about front suspension failures. The Tundra was
recalled two years ago to replace defective ball joints on the front suspension. A
lift-gate problem in Toyota Sienna minivans built in 2004 and 2005 is also being
investigated.

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