Dow Jones Newswires
DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. on Friday said it is recalling 709,245 full-size
pickup trucks in the U.S. because of fuel-line problems.
The majority of F-150 and F-250 pickup trucks produced in 1997 are
being recalled, said Ford spokesman Mike Vaughn. Mr. Vaughn said the
fuel-line assembly could come into contact with other components and
eventually cause a leak.
Ford began notifying customers about the problem at the end of
October and will finish notifying them by the beginning of December.
The fix involves repositioning the fuel line or replacing and repositioning
the fuel line if it has been damaged.
Mr. Vaughn declined comment about when Ford would complete the
recall. So far, Ford has received 191 warranty claims that could possibly
be linked to the problem, Mr. Vaughn said, but there have been no
injuries, fires or accidents.
In addition, Mr. Vaughn said that less than 1% of the recall population
could contain the defect.
In August, Ford recalled 800 Ford Escape sport-utility vehicles because
the speed control cable could break and cause the throttle not to return
to the idle position. However, Mr. Vaughn said only 14 Escapes were in
customer hands because the vehicle had just been launched that
Mr. Vaughn declined comment on when Ford would finish the Escape
recall. Also, he declined comment on how much either of the recalls
would cost Ford. Mr. Vaughn said he didn't know whether the company
has warranty reserves adequate enough to cover the costs.