November 16, 2005

Ford recalls over 225,000 cars in US, Canada

DETROIT (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co. said on Wednesday it is
recalling more than 225,000 vehicles in the United States and
Canada, including its flagship Ford Five Hundred sedan and
Freestyle wagon, because of fire risks.

Vehicles involved in the recall are from the 2005 model
year and include the Crown Victoria, Lincoln Town Car, Mercury
Grand Marquis and Montego sedans, Ford spokeswoman Kristen
Kinley said.

Ford is recalling 127,493 Ford Five Hundred and Mercury
Montego sedans and Freestyle wagons because the straps that
secure the fuel tank to the vehicle body may break, causing the
fuel tank and fuel tank heat shield to drop onto the driveshaft
or exhaust system, the automaker and U.S. safety regulators

This could cause a fuel leak and result in a fire in these
vehicles, according to the Highway Traffic Safety

The automaker is recalling 98,444 Crown Victoria, Lincoln
Town Car and Mercury Grand Marquis sedans because on certain
vehicles the battery cable may scrape on an attaching bolt and
could lead to a fire.

The recall comes as Ford is trying to stem steep losses in
its North American division and to improve the overall quality
of its products. It also follows a high-profile recall of some
of its best-selling pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles.

Ford recalled nearly 4 million vehicles in September
because of the risk of engine fires.