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Ford Recall and GM Chevrolet Fire Incidents Rekindle Fire Hazard Concerns

Ford Motor Co. announced two separate recalls on Monday that affect over 180,000 vans and sports utility vehicles.
The larger recall affects almost 124,000 2007-2008 Lincoln Navigator SUVs and Ford Expeditions. Ford says that the spring system located inside the side door handles might break and prevent the door from closing properly or cause it to open unexpectedly during a side collision. The Michigan-based auto manufacturer plans to replace the interior side door handles.
Ford’s second recall involves 57,000 2007 Navigator and Expedition SUVs and 2006-2007 E-150, E-250 and E-350 vans. Ford says the vehicles’ fuel rail crossover hose could crack, leak fuel, and cause a fire.
The auto manufacturing giant has already recalled over 10 million motor vehicles because of fire hazard concerns. No incidents related to this recall have been reported so far.
There have, however, been two separate fire incidents involving 2007 Chevrolet SUV’s. This week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration officially opened an investigation into whether the 2007 Chevrolet SUVs are susceptible to catching fire. Chervrolet SUVs are made by General Motors.
The formal probe follows two separate incidents where an SUV ignited while the engine was turned off. Both incidents took place while the SUVs were parked in home garages. Two people were injured in one fire, and a great deal of property damage occurred during both incidents.
At this time, the source of the two fires has not been determined-although the engine, battery, wiring, and engine cooling are possible sources.
Some 400,000 motor vehicles are part of the investigation. The NHTSA will take a look at both the Tahoe and the GMC Yukon.
Our motor vehicle fire attorneys have helped many injured clients recover compensation from some of the country’s largest auto manufacturers because their motor vehicles ignited due to a product defect. Visit the Automotives Product Liability: Fires section of our Web site for more information.
Ford Recalls 180,000 Vehicles,, February 11, 2008
US investigates reports of fires in Chevy Tahoes, Reuters, February 11, 2008
Feds Probe Fire Complaints in Chevy Tahoe, GMC Yukon, Consumer Affairs, February 9, 2008
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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
General Motors
Ford Motors

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