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FamilyEbiz "My Truck Caught on Fire" Package!Click Image To Visit SiteAfter I heard my daughter’s frantic voice telling me our family truck was on fire, I took a deep breath and asked "Are you all right?" My daughter answered "yes" and then proceeded to tell me what happened. She had driven to softball practice and parked our pickup truck in the parking lot She was fielding grounders when someone screamed, "Gentry, your truck is on fire!" Gentry looked over to the parking lot and saw flames shooting out from under the hood!

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Luckily, one of Gentry’s coaches is a wrecker driver and ran to his truck, got his fire extinguisher and put out the fire. But not before a lot of damage had been done. The fire melted the wiring harness, the master cylinder, the plastic grill between the windshield and hood, the hood struts and a bunch of other parts I don’t even know the names for. The bummer is that I had just put new windshield wipers on that truck! 😉 When I got there, the firemen were investigating the damage and the police were asking me how soon I could move the vehicle!

"Well, let me catch my breath first!" Don, the guy who put out the fire, volunteered to haul my truck to the mechanic with his wrecker (of course, I will make sure he gets paid).

The mechanic told me that Ford pickups have a problem with the cruise control switch overheating and starting fires under the hood…even when the truck is in park and the engine is off. I looked on the Internet and sure enough, there have been over 559 reported engine fires (make that 560 now!) and several people have died as a result. Most died while sleeping in their homes as the truck spontaneously caught on fire in the garage and burned their house down. I called Ford Motor Company, but a spokeswoman told me that since they have sent out a few recall postcards, they have no responsibility – morally or otherwise. Of course, the recall notices did not make their way to me in Idaho were I am attending seminary! Ford refuses to pay for ANY of the damage caused by their faulty cruise control switch which caused the fire. And they refuse to discuss the matter further.

Ah well! So, here is the part where I could use your help… The truck is 7 years old, so obviously I do not have comprehensive insurance to cover the fire damage. And the bill will be in the thousands.

AUGUST 3, 2006 — The NHTSA has received 1,472 complaints about malfunctioning cruise controls. 559 reported vehicle fires… Most of the fires in question occurred when the vehicles were not running. The fires can ignite well after the engine has been turned off because electrical current continues to run through the switch.

Ford warns, the "switch may overheat, smoke or burn which could result in an underhood fire… This condition may occur either when the vehicle is parked or when it is being operated, even if the speed control is not in use."

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