Ford recalls over 225,000 cars
DETROIT (Reuters) - Wed Nov 16, 2005 -
Ford Motor Co. .. said on Wednesday it is recalling more than 225,000
vehicles in the United States and Canada, including its flagship Ford Five
Hundred sedan and Freestyle wagon, because of fire risks.
Vehicles involved in the recall are from the 2005 model year and include
the Crown Victoria, Lincoln Town Car, Mercury Grand Marquis and Montego
sedans, Ford spokeswoman Kristen Kinley said.
Ford is recalling 127,493 Ford Five Hundred and Mercury Montego sedans and
Freestyle wagons because the straps that secure the fuel tank to the
vehicle body may break, causing the fuel tank and fuel tank heat shield to
drop onto the driveshaft or exhaust system, the automaker and U.S. safety
This could cause a fuel leak and result in a fire in these vehicles,
according to the Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The automaker is recalling 98,444 Crown Victoria, Lincoln Town Car and
Mercury Grand Marquis sedans because on certain vehicles the battery cable
may scrape on an attaching bolt and could lead to a fire.
The recall comes as Ford is trying to stem steep losses in its North
American division and to improve the overall quality of its products. It
also follows a high-profile recall of some of its best-selling pickup
trucks and sport utility vehicles.
Ford recalled nearly 4 million vehicles in September because of the risk
of engine fires.