Ford Readies 313,000-Car Recall to Replace Lighting Control Units
Ford Motor Co. plans to recall about 313,000 of its 2003-2005 model Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis large sedans because their headlamps could stop working. Almost all cars are in North America.
The callback will replace lighting control modules. Ford says the electronic devices contain soldered electrical connections that could crack and cut off power to the lights. The company reports 11 accidents and one injury related to the flaw.
Separately, Ford is launching three minor recalls in North America to replace:
- Front seatbelt retractors and pretensioners in 3,200 of its 2015 F-150 SuperCrew pickup trucks
- Rear axle shafts on 1,300 dual-rear-wheel versions of the 2015 model Transit van
- Rear park brake air chamber in 177 of its 2016 model F-650 and F-750 heavy-duty pickup trucks
Delegates to the United Auto Workers union’s annual convention in Detroit have overwhelmingly approved a 31% raise for their salaried international leaders.
It’s the fifth generation of a vehicle that has been increasing in sales year after year since its introduction in 1997.
Ram Truck chief exterior designer Joe Dehner talks about how they’ve developed the all-new pickup. “We’ve been building trucks for over 100 years,” he says. “Best I could come up with is that this is our 15th-generation truck.”