Ford, Chrysler recalling thousands of vehicles
December 30th, 2010
06:51 PM ET

Ford, Chrysler recalling thousands of vehicles

Ford Motor Co. is recalling 19,600 2011 model year trucks and crossover SUVs over concerns that an electrical short could cause a fire, the manufacturer said Thursday.

Chrysler Group LLC also is recalling nearly 145,000 trucks and crossover wagons in three separate campaigns for steering, stalling and airbag concerns, according to letters posted this week on website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Ford decided to recall certain 2011 model year F-150 trucks, Super Duty trucks (F-250 through F-550) and its Edge and Lincoln MKX vehicles after fires started in the cabs of two F-150 trucks at a Michigan assembly plant in November and December, the company said in a letter Monday to the NHTSA.

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  1. dj

    USA! USA! USA!

    December 30, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Big Joe

    I forgot what I was gonbna say.

    December 30, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. little joe

    That's ok big feller. You've said enough for one day. he-he (phil)

    December 30, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Big Joe

    Little Joe- I don't live in the past, I love these days, but I love the good old days too. Bonanza, I was in grammar school, and I miss those kind of heartwarming shows. Little Joe, Hauss, etc. The script was awesome. Anyway, I don't like Big Joe. I'm gonna go back to Cesar Jan 3rd. Happy New Year Phil. Appreciate all your posts, including Rockwell, TX. Been drinking much beer and rum with punch. Takes a lort to keyboard. Bye pal.

    December 30, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Fred Bartkowski

    The quality of domestic cars is much better now then in the good old days.
    Not because engineers are better trained or anything. Just cars are built with a myriad of sub-assemblies with each sub-assembler fearful of litigation in the case of failure.

    December 30, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. myklds

    "Investigators determined that a body control module manufactured by Lear Corp. was the source, and that in at least one case, a circuit board had shorted, resulting in overheating.

    The supplier later determined that a new hire failed to properly clean a soldering machine over six days in October, raising the possibility that modules manufactured then could have contaminants that could cause internal shorts, Ford said. The shorts could cause overheating, which could lead to an unattended vehicle fire, according to Ford."

    The above-quoted from the complete story.

    This is what you got from putting too much pressure on the employees over Effiecency. Where Quality, Housekeeping (5S) and Safety is sacrificed. This must be came from the (Lear) plant where hiring Agency presonnel's and contractualization is notoriously rampant, where employees are pressured, under-privileged and compensated, unfairly treated and oppressed. This must be from Lear Cebu, Phils.

    December 30, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. tomcat

    hey phil

    December 30, 2010 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. phil

    Interstingly, just a couple of months ago these automakers designed new displays for their dealerships featuring aftermarket items for your vehicle. One Chrysler dealership that only sells about 50 cars per month invested 75k on them. While your recalled vehicle is in the shop, you will be exposed to them, and many of you will likely purchase add-ons you don't really need. It could be coincidence I suppose. Really, these automakers should be sending us thank-you cards and freebies for bailing them out.

    December 30, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Fred Bartkowski

    See it was a supplier. And its 6s now. Safety has been added to the s's.
    An example of supplier BS. Goodyear Tire and Rubber sold its engineered products division to the Carlyle Group.
    This was a couple of years ago.
    Some think the previous union contract was rammed through for these V.C's. At the very least it was a proxy fight for what would be the coming UAW contracts.
    The main consession being a V.E.B.A health benefits plan. Really Goodyear paid 5 billion and washed their hands of retirie helth care. Once money is gone no more healthcare.
    But it also established a two tier pay scale. Persons hired at $13.50 would work alongside those making $25.00 per hour.

    December 30, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. phil

    Fred...really? The Carlyle Group? Very interesting indeed. Thanks for filling US in. Most have never even heard of them and should look into what the Group has been doing for decades. This BF deal is a small potato for them. They control a huge potato in the Caspian Basin: China's future oil supply.

    December 30, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Fred Bartkowski

    For several years previous to the sale, principles at the hedge funds who had interest in the deal had been saying" If you make over $20.00 an hour prepare to make less.
    This was a warning shot across the bow of the UAW.
    The proxy fight was carried out by a tier one supplier when union Goodyear plants struck for three months in 2007.
    The UAW contract that followed the steelworker strike closely resembled the steelworker contract including the provision of VEBA for retiree healtcare.
    The battle was rendered moot by the financial crisis as workers were forced into more consessions as the auto industry was socialized.
    Anyway, shortly after the Goodyear contract was signed Carlyle bought engineered products division and changed the name to Veyance technologies. This purchace included the right to call anything made a Goodyear Brand.
    The Brand name Purchace is for 10 years and includes the right to renew.

    December 30, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Fred Bartkowski

    Yes I found your discertation on the Caspian Basin affair quite interesting indeed.

    December 30, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Fred Bartkowski

    Also think it is interesting that we have been religated to third world status by selling and shipping iron ore and high sulfer coal to China.
    Very Sad.

    December 30, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Big Joe

    @Fred: hi. Where is my frein basamy

    December 30, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Big Joe

    Basamy come back

    December 30, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
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