By Dave Lee on July 20, 2011
Ford is recalling 26,715 trucks and SUVs because the multifunction switch in the steering column may be defective, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The recall affects certain 2011 Ford Ranger trucks built between Jan. 25 and April 25 at the Twin Cities Assembly Plant, along with the following models that were serviced with a suspect multifunction switch: 2004-11 Ford Ranger; 2002-05 Ford Excursion; and 2002-07 F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550.
In the affected vehicles, the multifunction switch has a slider that could experience deformation. As a result, the turn signal, taillamps, hazard lights or brake lights may not activate, increasing the risk of a crash. The high-mounted brake light is not affected.
The recall is expected to begin Aug. 15, and dealers will replace the switches for free. Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332 or NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236.