Ford Cruise Control Deactivation Switch Fires

Ford Cruise Control Deactivation Switch Recalls and History
Ford Cruise Control Deactivation Switch Fires
On April 25, 1996, Ford Motor Company recalled 7.9 million vehicles for defective ignition switches that could short circuit and start fires in parked vehicles with the engine off because the switch circuit was hot or powered at all times.  In a virtual replay on October 9, 2009, Ford Motor Company announced the last of its six recalls for defective Cruise Control Deactivation Switches that suffered from the same failure mode as the earlier ignition switch – an electrical switch in

CONSUMER ADVISORY: NHTSA Warns Consumers of Fire Hazards in Additional 4.5 Million Ford Vehicles – 10/13/09

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today alerted owners of Ford vehicles about a fire hazard involving an additional 4.5 million vehicles in the latest in a series of related recalls.

Including today’s announcement, there has been a total of eight safety recalls involving approximately 16 million Ford vehicles equipped with a faulty cruise control deactivation switch manufactured by Texas Instruments. Visit for more information on these previous recalls.

SUV’s flaw might be fire’s cause

April 8, 2008 By Randy Ludlow
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH Peter Romans reported that the house fire that killed his wife and two children early Sunday started in his sport-utility vehicle parked under an attached carport.

Yesterday, the state fire marshal’s office confirmed that the origin of the fire had been traced to the carport, but investigators have not determined a cause.

NHTSA Consumer Advisory: Ford Cruise Control Switch Fires

Consumer Advisory: NHTSA Warns Ford, Lincoln and Mercury Owners of Fire Hazards Involving Faulty Cruise Control Switches in Recalled Vehicles That Have Not Been RepairedOwners of Recalled Vehicles are Urged to Bring Vehicles to Dealers Immediately to Disconnect Faulty Switches

Huge Recall, but Many Cars Unfixed

April 13, 2008By CHERYL JENSENThe New York Times

AFTER six recalls to correct problems with millions of Ford Motor Company cruise-control switches blamed for almost 1,500 fires,the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration took an unusual step. In February, it issued a consumer advisory urging owners whose vehicles had not yet been fixed to have the switches disconnected immediately.

Faulty switch prompts recall of 3.6M Fords


Automaker now has recalled 10.4M vehicles to fix cruise controls tied to potential fires.

Bryce G. Hoffman / The Detroit News

Ford Motor Co. announced Friday that it is recalling another 3.6 million vehicles because of ongoing problems with a cruise control switch that has already sparked several fires and prompted five other recalls. All told, the company has now recalled some 10.4 million vehicles because of the defect, making it the largest recall for a single vehicle problem in U.S. history.

Texan’s Death Rekindles Ford Switch Issue

Family of retiree files suit blaming component linked with engine fires.
Ford expands recall.
David Shepardson / Detroit News Washington Bureau
March 6, 2007

WASHINGTON — Al Gavegan Sr.’s death in a house fire last summer left family
and friends in San Antonio searching for answers — and they say the
evidence leads straight to Ford Motor Co. and a faulty electrical switch.
The retired government contractor was well-known as the guy who operated the
time clock at high school football games and taught kids with special needs.

NHTSA Investigation Closing Report

Click here for EA05-005 Closing Memo Ford Cruise Control Deactivation Switch Fires

Letter to William Clay Ford, Jr. from Ralph Nader

September 7, 2005

William Clay Ford, Jr.
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
Ford Motor Company
1 American Road
Dearborn, MI 48126

Dear Mr. Ford:

As you are aware, an ongoing defect investigation of Ford Motor Company
trucks and SUVs is being undertaken by the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration due to high rates of speed control deactivation
switch (SCDS) failure and related engine compartment fire.


Center for Auto Safety
4400 Jenifer St, NW
Suite 331
Washington, DC 20015-2113

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