Ford Issues Recall on Fuel Tank Straps

Corroded Fuel Tank Straps May Fail, Ford Says

Published August 2nd, 2011

A number of 1997 to 2003 Ford pickup truck models are the subject of a massive recall after an NHTSA investigation finds the straps may fail do to corrosion, possible source of accidents and fire.

Following an investigation by the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), Ford Motor Company announced August 1st, 2011 they are recalling 1.1 million Ford/Lincoln trucks due to a defect in the fuel tank straps. The fuel tank straps may corrode over time and break, causing an accident and even vehicle fire. There have been 8 recorded cases of accidents related to fuel tank strap failure, several of which resulted in fire that consumed the entire vehicle. There has been 1 reported injury resulting from defective fuel tank straps.

The potential of a fuel tank strap failure is far more likely in regions which use de-icing agents on the roads during winter, or in environments where salt water corrosion is a particular concern. The recall requires dealerships to replace the factory straps with ones of higher corrosion resistance. The vehicles affected by the recall are: 1997 - 2004 Ford F-150, 1997 - 1999 Ford F-250, and 2002 - 2003 Lincoln Blackwood. Ford will be notifying owners of affected vehicles. Owners with concerns regarding the recall should contact their local Ford dealership.

Source: Ford Motor Company,