Bloomberg News and Automotive News reports that Ford has admitted the defect has led to three fires and one injury.
The recalls come after federal safety investigators opened a safety investigation into the defect last year. Results supposedly indicate that the worst problems are in 21 northern US states and the District of Columbia where de-icing chemicals used on roadways can cause metal strap corrosion that can lead to a complete strap failure and the danger of falling gas tanks.
In spite of the deadly nature of the defect, Ford says it will not notify owners of the recalled vehicles for another six weeks, according to Automotive News.
Earlier this year Ford recalled another million F-150 trucks for air bag defects where air bags installed in 2004 and 2005 and 2006 trucks might not deploy when needed in an accident.
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