Ford Motor Co. is recalling 1.17 million trucks,
sport utility vehicles and vans to fix an engine sensor that could
lead to engine stalling.
The recalled vehicles are all from the 1997-2003 model years with
7.3-litre diesel engines, including the Ford E-Series van, Excursion
full-size sport utility vehicle, and F-450 Super Duty and F-550
Super Duty trucks.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a
posting on its website that the camshaft position sensor on the
engine could function intermittently and lead to an engine stall and
The sensor is an electrical component that helps regulate the
fuel going into the engine.
Ford spokesman Dan Jarvis said there have been 14 accidents
associated with the problem, but no injuries reported.
In the event of an engine stall, Jarvis said drivers traveling at
speeds greater than 30 miles per hour would have full power steering
and power braking, allowing them to pull over to the side of the
At speeds below 50 kilometres an hour, the motorists would still
have braking and steering functions, he said.
Dealers will inspect the sensor and replace it with a new one
free of charge. The recall is expected to begin around Dec. 17, with
mailing of notification letters to be completed in phases by May
Owners can contact Ford at (866) 436-7332.