By Colin Bird on October 22, 2010
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reiterated to Ford owners today to get their recalled vehicles fixed.
The recall in question was for faulty cruise control systems, which could catch fire even if the vehicle was turned off, parked and unattended. While 17.5 million vehicles were recalled, Ford and NHTSA say only 14 million of those vehicles are still on the roads today. Out of those vehicles, NHTSA estimates that there may be several million vehicles still on the road with the dangerous defect. There have been reports of homes catching on fire as a result of this defect.
The enormity of the recall has been largely overshadowed in the mainstream media by Toyota's recall woes.
The agency believes that many of these vehicles have entered the used-car market, and most car buyers don’t know whether the used vehicle they’ve purchased was already repaired or not.
NHTSA is urging those people to find out whether the repairs actually happened by visiting Ford’s website and entering their vehicle identification number to see if the repaired occurred.
The agency is advising potentially affected Ford owners to watch for potential warning signs of an imminent vehicle fire. Those signs include a cruise control system that won't activate or stops working; brake lights that stop working; low brake fluid; ABS and brake warning lights that are illuminated on the dashboard; or the inability to get a vehicle out of Park.
Below is a list of the vehicles affected by this recall.