Ford Motor Company will officially announce an automobile recall of 64,754 of its 2008 F-250 and F-350 trucks due to potential fire
hazard in late May.
The trucks do not conform to the Federal Motor Vehicle
Safety Standard imposed to maintain “fuel system integrity” and prevent fuel
leaks, according to federal regulators at the National Highway Traffic Safety
NHTSA warned on its Web site that single-rear-wheel
versions of the trucks with 4-wheel drive and the 156-inch wheel base, equipped
with a two-piece drive shaft contain a fuel tank system that can rupture or
leak in a crash.
“During a 30 mph frontal impact into a rigid barrier, the
fuel tank can move forward and contact a frame cross member, potentially
causing damage to the fuel delivery module which can result in fuel spillage,”
according to the NHTSA Web site.
The agency warns that fuel spillage in the presence of an
ignition source can start a fire.
Ford dealers will install a bracket in the recalled
trucks to fix the safety concerns. The recall number is 080C04. For more
information truck owners can contact Ford directly at 1-800-392-3673 or NHTSA
at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153).