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Ford recalls 1.1M trucks for fuel tanks that fall off

Ford has announced its second major truck recall of the year, with the latest involving trucks sold in cold weather states.

Ford has announced the recall of 1.1 million full-size pickup trucks for a defect that can cause the trucks' gas tanks to fall off and catch fire. The recall covers Ford F-150, F-250 and Lincoln Blackwood pickups produced between 1997 and 2004 and sold in certain cold weather states.

The recall - which covers Ford F-150s from the 1997-2004 model years, F-250s from the 1997-1999 model years and Lincoln Blackwoods from the 2002-2003 model years sold in 21 cold weather states - is due to fuel tank straps that can corrode and eventually fail, causing the gas tank to fall off completely. Ford says the corrosion is caused by salt used to clear roads in some cold weather states.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened its investigation into the trucks last year. Ford says it has received about 300 complaints, with the defect linked to three fires and one injury.

Ford will begin notifying owners of the recall in mid-September.

Second black eye
Ford latest recall marks the company's second seven-digit truck recall this year. Earlier this year Ford was forced to recall more than 1 million F-150 models after a lengthy battle with the NHTSA. That recall, which covered trucks from the 2004-2006 model years, was due to airbags that failed to deploy.

Ford says no trucks were included in both recalls.


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