Vehicles sold or currently registered in states using corrosive chemicals to de-ice the roads may have fuel tank straps that can rust prematurely and fail. If the fuel tank were to shift as a result of a broken strap, the fuel lines could separate or the fuel tank could contact the ground. In either case, a fuel leak could develop, increasing the risk of a fire. Dealers will replace the fuel tank straps with straps that have increased corrosion protection. Early in the campaign, if replacement straps are not available, dealers may install a cable support under the strap as an interim repair or a steel reinforcement over the existing strap as a permanent repair. This recall is expected to begin September 12, 2011. The Ford recall number is 11S21.
2001 Ford F-150 Recalls
The courtesy lamps on affected running boards may overheat when exposed to moisture and road salt. Overheating may cause the lamps and boards to melt or start a fire. Dealers will replace the wiring harness for these running boards.
Ford has recalled certain 2000-2001 Excursion, Expedition, F150, F250, F350, Focus, Taurus, Mercury Sable, Lincoln Continental, Navigator, and Town Car vehicles due to a defect in the wiper motor gear case. The wiper motor could overheat and malfunction, which may cause the wipers to stop working as designed. Dealers will inspect the wiper motor and replace the gear case cover.
Ford has recalled certain 2001 F150 trucks for a concern with the left front brake hose. The brake hose may have been damaged during assembly at the factory. A damaged brake hose runs the risk of developing a leak, which can increase stopping distance. Dealers will inspect and replace affected hoses.
Ford has recalled certain 2001 Excursion, Expedition, and F150/250/350 trucks due to a possible defect in the driver's side air bag assembly. The inflator canister in the driver's air bag module may have an inadequate weld near the igniter, which may cause the air bag not to deploy as intended. Dealers will replace the driver's side air bag assembly.
Ford has recalled 2000-2001 Expedition and 2001 F150, Taurus, and Mercury Sable vehicles due to an error in the owner's manual. The section regarding "Child Restraint Anchorage Systems" is incomplete and omits essential information. Without this information, a child may be injured during a crash. Ford has mailed owners a corrected label to affix to the original owner's manual page.
Ford has recalled certain 2001 F150 regular cab trucks for a concern with the driver's side seat belt. The seat belt may not retract, which can cause slack in the belt. In the event of a crash, this can increase the risk of injury to the driver. Dealers will replace the driver's side seat belt assembly.