Ford is recalling one million F-150 trucks, its most popular vehicle, due to issues with the fuel tank straps corroding, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Ford announced the recall of some of its Ford F-150 trucks, the nation's bestselling vehicle, after the NHTSA pointed out the hazards of the fuel tank strap issues.
The Dearborn, Mich. based automaker will be recalling a total of 1.1 million pickup vehicles, including F-150s from model years 1997 to 2004; F-250s from 1997 to 1999; and Lincoln Blackwoods of 2002 to 2003.
These older trucks have faced increased exposure to high-corrosion areas, according to a Ford spokesman, and the fuel straps wore down after extended operation. The trucks are primarily from cold climate states that were affected by commonly used road salts.
This is the second major issue the F-150s have dealt with over the past year. Earlier this year Ford had to recall more than one million F-150s due to air-bag defects. The company discovered that some 2004 to 2006 models of the truck had issues deploying airbags.
The company said that it will begin to notify owners of affected vehicles by mid-September and will make all necessary repairs at no cost to the owner.