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Ford recalls 1.3 million trucks

By Claes Bell, CFA · Bankrate.com
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Posted: 7 am ET

Howdy, pilgrim, it's another recall roundup (insert sound of blasting six shooters here). This week, we've herded up a whole passel of defective little doggies. Saddle up and find out if your auto is on the list!

If you have a 2004 Ford F-150, you probably want to take it in for an airbag fix.

If you have a 2004 Ford F-150, you probably want to take it in for an air bag fix.

  • This month Ford announced it was expanding a recall of its Ford F-150 and Lincoln Mark LT trucks to encompass a total of 1.3 vehicles manufactured from 2004 to 2006 for defective air bags that could deploy without warning. The culprit in this case is a faulty design that puts the clockspring jumper wire in position to chafe against the driver-side air bag horn plate. A telltale sign that this is happening in your truck is an illuminated air bag sensor light; if you see that light up, it's especially urgent that you take your truck to the nearest Ford dealer for service or call (866) 436-7332 for more information.
  • Toyota announced a recall this week of 307,848 SUVs and crossovers over a faulty sensor that could cause belt pretensioners and side-curtain air bags to accidentally deploy, potentially injuring passengers. Again, a telltale sign this may be an immediate problem for you is an illuminated air bag warning light. The recall affects 2007-2008 RAV4s and 2008 Toyota Highlanders. One interesting wrinkle in this case: Because of shortages stemming from the Japan tsunami, parts may not be available until May. Call Toyota at (800) 331-4331 for more information.
  • This month GM announced a small but fairly embarrassing recall: Apparently, 2,100 Chevy Cruzes from the 2011 model year may have an improperly fastened steering wheel that could come off in a driver's hands while driving. For more information, contact GM at (800) 630-2438.
  • Late last month, Mercedes-Benz announced a recall of 136,751 2000-2004 Mercedes-Benz M Class crossovers. At issue was a design defect that could cause the cruise control to stay on even after a driver has pushed the brake pedal. You can reach Mercedes-Benz at (800) 367-6372.

If your car is on the list, do you plan on taking care of it soon, or are you a recall procrastinator?

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