The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently announced that Ford Motor Company is recalling 1.1 million F-150, F-250 and Lincoln Blackwood pickups that range from the 1997 to 2004 model years. Since 2008, the F-Series has been involved in a number of different recalls.
The current recall centers around the fuel tank straps that keep the tank in place. The straps are prone to corrosion from deicing chemicals, so drivers who live in states, such as Rhode Island, Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, Kentucky, New Jersey, West Virginia and any other states that are subjected to cold winters, should be cautious until September.
Ford will wait until next month to notify owners because the replacement parts, which will be coated in chemical-resistant solution, will not arrive until then, The Boston Globe reports. If drivers are worried that their trucks' straps are at risk, dealers can install a temporary cable to keep things in place until the new straps are available.
Drivers who are considering purchasing vehicles with car loans should always check to see if there have been recalls on their vehicle-of-choice, and that the necessary repairs have been made before they make the purchase.