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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is continuing to investigate Ford because of defects in the cruise control switches of over 3.7 million Ford pickups from the 1995-1999 and 2001-2002 model years. The NHTSA announced in March that it had received over 200 complaints of engine fires from the cruise control switch. Ford has said that the cruise control switch could short circuit, causing an engine compartment fire when the vehicle is parked or driven, even if the cruise control switch is not in use.

Texas Instruments, maker of the switch, and DuPont, manufacture of the Kapton and Teflon coatings used in the switch.

Ford recalls 500,000 Escapes after engine fires reported
Ford is recalling more than 500,000 Escapes after receiving reports from 50 owners of engine fires from 50 owners. Ford says the fires were caused by improperly installed ABS units on 2001-2004 models, and did not result in any accidents or injuries. Missing or improperly installed seals could allow water or other liquids could get into the units' wiring harnesses, causing a short, and possibly, underhood fires.
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