Ford is recalling the 2011 model F-series trucks for an electrical short that may cause a fire. The effected trucks are the 2011 Ford F-150 and the Super Duty/commercial line (F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550). The recall also extends to the crossovers Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX.
The problem is with the body control module, which may develop an electrical short causing a fire. The defective modules were part of a six-day production run at a Ford component supplier. These units were installed on vehicles manufactured at dates ranging from late October through November 2010 before the problem was discovered. This may not seem like a large production window, but Ford lists as many as 14,737 vehicles may fall under this recall.
In its filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Ford says it discovered the problem when two separate fire incidences occurred at its Dearborn assembly plants. According to the company, it is unaware of any related fire occurrence outside factory grounds. Ford will begin to notify owners on or before January 10th, and it will replace defective units on all affected trucks and crossovers.