Ford recalls more than 20,000 SUVs and pickups for issue with exterior lights

Ford recalls more than 20,000 SUVs and pickups for issue with exterior lightsFord is recalling a variety of trucks and SUVs that were made between 2002 and 2011 for a possible electrical issue that could disrupt the exterior lamps. The recall affects more than 20,000 vehicles, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The recall includes Excursions from 2002 to 2005, F-series trucks from 2002 to 2007, and Rangers built between 2004 and 2011. The automaker told the NHTSA that certain trucks and service parts may have a defect that does not comply with the "lamps, reflective devices and associated equipment" safety standard.

The multi-functional electrical switch has a sliding subcomponent that could be defective. This issue can cause the taillights, turn signals and hazard flashers to malfunction, which could increase the risk of crashes.

If you are buying a used truck with a bad credit car loan, you can have a mechanic inspect the car for any preexisting problems and to see if the recall issue has been fixed. ABC News reports that car dealers are not required by law to tell buyers of recalls on used vehicles, so it is best to be cautious when buying a used car.