It's been quite a month for recalls, with Ford Motor Co. saying it will spend upward of $3 billion to replace 13 million Firestone tires on various pickup trucks and sport- utilities.
But that was a voluntary action.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also mandates recalls, and Ford tops the list with two of the five ordered in July. By company, those recalls are:
166,605 vans for repair of a fuel tank that could crack because of contact with the vehicle frame. The vans, often used as ambulances, are E150, E250 and E350 models built from April 1996 to November 2000.
8,495 Mustang Cobra sports coupes to repair rear suspension knuckles, which could fracture under stress and touch the rear wheel.
A Ford spokesman said no accidents or injuries have been linked to the problems.
22,000 cars and sport-utility vehicles to replace the radiator fan assembly because of a faulty fan switch that could cause a fire. Vehicles affected are 2001 7-series cars, X5 SUVs, Z8 sports cars and 3-Series cars with manual transmissions.