The Chinese may have called 2010 the year of the tiger, but for us car geeks, it's been the year of the recall. With over 20 million recalled so far, the latest addition of 14,737 Ford and Lincoln pickups and crossovers is just the tiniest of drops in the bucket--but the problem could be huge.
An electrical short may develop in the body control module, causing overheating that could lead to a fire. The problematic body control modules were only used over a six-day period, however, so a relatively small number of vehicles are affected.
Affected models include the 2011 Lincoln MKX, 2011 Ford Edge, and 2011 Ford F-150, F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550 trucks.
The fix, as usual, is to take the car into the dealer where it will get a new control module installed free of charge. If you're the owner of an affected vehicle, you can call Ford at 1-866-436-7332 or the NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236 in reference to campaign number 10V659000.
Ford says the fix will begin before January 10, 2011.