By David Thomas on July 31, 2011
Ford is recalling 1.1 million trucks because in certain cold-weather states, road chemicals can corrode the fuel tank straps. This could lead to both fuel lines detaching from the tank or the tank falling off entirely and hitting the ground. Both situations would be a fire hazard for drivers.
The recall is extensive, covering the following models built between June 20, 1995, and Aug. 4, 2004:
You can check your truck’s build date on a label on the driver-side doorjamb.
The recall will begin on or around Sept. 12 in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Washington, D.C.
Dealers will replace the straps with new ones with increased corrosion protection. If no straps are available, the dealer will install a cable support as an interim repair until new straps are available.
Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236.
Managing Editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon. Email David