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Tuesday
Aug022011

Ford Recalls 1.2 Million Trucks

PRNewsFoto(TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.) -- The salt and other substances used by road crews to de-ice streets and highways is doing a number on some components of Ford trucks. The company says the chemical can corrode the straps that support the gas tanks of various Ford 150 model and 250 model pickups trucks built from 1995 through 2004.

The corrosion can weaken the straps to the point the tank drags beneath the vehicle or falls off entirely. As a result, Ford announced Monday that it was recalling 1.2 million of these vehicles. 

The problem is relatively rare: out of the millions of trucks the automaker sells, there have only been a reported 243 incidents of fuel tanks either dropping below the truck and/or getting dragged on the road, with one injury reported.

The affected trucks are from the following states which, not coincidentally, are more inclined to use rock salt during the winter: 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 the District of Columbia.

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