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1.1 Million Ford Pick-up Trucks Recalled for Gas Tank Strap Failure

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The WallStreet Journal’s Jonathan Welsh reported August 1, 2011 in the Driver’s Seat, that Ford will be recalling 1.1 million older model Ford trucks “because corrosion can cause the straps holding their gas tanks to fall. This would potentially allow the tank to drag underneath the truck or fall off completely.” Because the corrosion of the straps can cause the tanks to fall, it may also cause the fuel lines to separate from the tank, and leaking fuel could become a fire hazard.

You may remember we mentioned the problem of falling gas tanks in this blog when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating the problem about a year ago.

This recall involves certain F-150 trucks from the 1997 through 2003 model years, F-150 Heritage models from the 2004 model year, F-250 models from 1997 through 1999, and Lincoln Blackwood vehicles from 2002 and 2003. The vehicles being recalled were built from June 20, 1995 through Aug. 4, 2004 and sold in 21 states and the District of Columbia.

Ford plans to notify owners and requests owners take their Ford pick-up trucks to a Ford or Lincoln dealer to have the fuel tank straps replaced with straps that have increased corrosion protection. The strap replacement service is free, and the recall will begin on or about September 12, 2011. Owners may contact Ford at 866-436-7332 for more information.