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Ford recall: 1 million older pickups could have faulty fuel tank straps

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I once heard a southern comedian say, any self respectin’ country lover has a truck, and it’s gotta be a Ford. Now I don’t know if they were being paid to say that. (From my observation, it’s either Ford or Chevy.) So I know this will include many people who listen to country music, not to mention people that are in the south east or love a football team in the SEC.

Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than 1 million pickup trucks, including the popular F-150, in the United States because corrosion problems can cause the vehicles to catch fire.

Straps that hold the fuel tanks to the truck can corrode after heavy use, potentially leading to fires if the tank drops and leaks, Ford said Monday. The problem has caused one injury and three vehicle fires that Ford is aware of, the company said.


The recall affects 1.22 million older trucks sold or registered in 21 states, Washington, D.C., and Canada. The vehicles are in cold regions where corrosion from road salt occurs more frequently.

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