Ford Recalls Nearly 200K Taurus Sedans due to Potential Fire Hazard
While the auto industry is on track to set several records for the number of vehicles recalled this year, Ford recently announced four recalls affecting 1.3 million vehicles. According to the Detroit News, one of those recalls is for a fire hazard associated with the Ford Taurus.
About the Ford Taurus Recall
Ford says the problem is with rusty license plate lights which can overheat and cause a fire. The recall affects about 196,000 Ford Taurus with model year 2010 to 2014 and only covers models sold in what is known as the salt belt. These are 20 states that use salt on the roads in the winter which increases corrosion in vehicles. Ford will notify owners not located in the salt belt and will replace those lights if requested.
The automaker says it has received 18 reports of fires associated with the license plate lights since 2011 including one injury after a driver attempted to put the fire out with his hand. Ford released a revised lamp in February.
Year of the Recall
Automakers and industry records say the increased pace of recall announcements is to be expected after the fallout from the GM ignition switch recall earlier this year. Recently, GM was fined the maximum penalty allowed, $35 million, for delaying the defective switches which have been linked to at least 13 deaths.
While $35 million is a mere slap on the wrist for a company like GM, the U.S. Department of Transportation and safety advocates are currently trying to raise the maximum to $300 million. The proposal is part of the Grow America plan, a billion dollar budgetary plan proposed in April to improve America’s infrastructure.