Ford Motor Company has released a report stating that they will be recalling 1.1 million pick up trucks due to a safety hazard issue involving the gas tank. It has been found that there is a possibility that the gas tank could fall off and/or cause fires. The vehicle’s defect has already caused eight fires, which injured one individual who underwent surgery for first and second-degree burns.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration claims that the metal straps holding the gas tanks in place can possibly rust, which could then cause the tanks to fall, rupture, and catch on fire. The recall includes certain pick up trucks that were manufactured from 1997 through 2004. The models of pickups that are being recalled include the Ford F-150, Ford F-250, and the Lincoln Blackwood Pickups.
Ford spokesman Wes Sherwood, claims that the company will notify each truck owner to bring in their vehicle so that they can replace the hazardous straps with new ones that are coated to resist corrosion.