Ford is recalling nearly 800,000 pickups and sport utility vehicles. The automaker says the cruise control switch could short circuit and cause a fire under the hood.
The recall affects approximately Ford F-150 pickups, Ford Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators from the 2000 model year. Also affected are 2001 F-Series Supercrew trucks.
Ford says it will notify owners of the recall in February, and dealers will deactivate the cruise control switch. Once the company has an adequate supply of replacement switches, it will send another letter notifying owners that they can get their switches replaced.
Ford says the cruise control will be disabled once the switch is deactivated.
The federal government opened a probe into the defect in November after receiving 36 reports of fires. All of the incidents occurred when the vehicle was parked and the ignition was turned off. No injuries were reported.