Ford Motor recalled about 155,000 pickups and sport-utility vehicles on Monday to repair a cruise control switch system that already had led to millions of recalls. The latest recall involved 2003 versions of the F-150, F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550 Super Duty truck, the Ford Excursion SUV and the Lincoln Blackwood pickup.
In the past two years Ford recalled 5.8 million vehicles because of engine fires linked to the cruise control systems in trucks, SUVs and vans. That recall, one of the largest in history, covered vehicles from the 1994-2002 model years.
Ford officials said Monday an internal check found the switch systems in some early 2003 trucks and SUVs and the company acted to allow owners to get it repaired. The switch system could corrode over time, overheat and ignite.
"We wanted to make sure that customers could go to the dealerships and deal with that as soon as we knew it," Ford spokesman Dan Jarvis said. He said there had been no reports of fires in the 2003 vehicles.