Parked Ford Starts House Fire

If you've got a Ford with cruise control, watch out.

Fire investigators in Raleigh, North Carolina, say that a 1998 Ford Explorer is to blame for a house fire in Raleigh early Thursday, April 24, 2008. Not 48 hours earlier, they said, Ford had issued a recall notice for 9.6 million cars and trucks. They suspect the recall issue is what caused the Ford Explorer to ignite while it was shut off and parked in the owner's garage.

The fire started at about 2:30 am, officials report, and the SUV's faulty cruise control sparked the fire, which spread from the garage to the house, investigators said. Luckily, even though it was the middle of the night, no one was hurt.

The problem, local experts say according to MacKenzie McKenzie, is reportedly a $35 switch that can overheat and catch fire. This recall has been in the news before and Ford has given a number of excuses for its inability to get all the recalls done, including parts shortages and unanticipated customer demand for the recall repairs.

The recalls have been going on for several years and cover about 12 million Ford and Lincoln and Mercury cars and trucks. We've talked about this cruise control defect issue before here.

On the same day that the fire occurred, reported that Ford was attempting to declare an end to the almost 10 year long effort involving six recalls of the flawed cars and trucks, even though only about 34 percent of them have been fixed. The one in Raleigh was not one of the fixed ones, obviously.

Fires begun by Ford cruise-control switches have been reported for years and have led to both house fires and recalls. Ford had reportedly issued another voluntary recall notice Tuesday for 9.6 million cars and trucks.

This recall includes the following vehicles equipped with speed control:

1. 1993 – 2004 F150
2. 1993 – 1999 F250 (gasoline engine)
3. 1993 – 1996 Bronco
4. 1994 – 1996 Econoline
5. 1997 – 2002 Ford Expedition
6. 1998 – 2002 Lincoln Navigator
7. 1998 – 2002 Ford Ranger
8. 1992 – 1998 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car
9. 1993 – 1998 Lincoln Mark VIII
10. 1993 – 1995 Ford Taurus SHO with automatic transmission
11. 1994 – Mercury Capri
12. 1998 – 2001 Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer
13. 2001 – 2002 Ford Explorer Sport and Explorer Sport Trac
14. 1992 – 1993 and 1997 – 2003 Ford E-150-350 gasoline or natural gas vehicles
15. 2002 – E-550 gasoline engine vehicles
16. 1996 – 2003 E-450 gasoline or natural gas vehicles
17. 1994 – 2002 F-250 through F-550 super Duty trucks (gasoline engine)
18. 2000 – 2002 Ford Excursion (gasoline engine)
19. 2003 – F250 – F550 Super Duty, Ford Excursion
20. 1995 – 2002 Ford F53 Motor home chassis
21. 2002 – 2003 Lincoln Blackwood

Perhaps the only good news out of it is that Diesel engine equipped vehicles not included in the recall.

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