Ford is recalling 3.8 million pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles for a cruise control switch suspected of causing engine fires.
It's the fifth-largest auto industry recall in U.S. history.
Ford says the recall of 1994-to-2002 model-year vehicles includes the company's hot-selling F-150 pickup truck, Ford Expedition, Lincoln Navigator and Ford Broncos. The company plans to start sending out recall notices to vehicle owners immediately.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received more than 550 complaints of engine fires from the cruise control switch. There have been allegations of three deaths in cases cited in news reports or lawsuits in Iowa, Georgia and Arkansas.
A Ford spokeswoman says the company has a solution that will fix the problem.
The affected vehicles include 1994-to-2002 model F-150s, 1997-to-2002 Expeditions, 1998-to-2002 Navigators and 1994-to-1996 Broncos equipped with factory-installed speed control.
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