Ford Recalls Vans With Fire Risk, DC Recalls Light Trucks, Suzuki Recalls Grand Vitara

Ford Motor Co. is recalling 159,645 vans with fuel tanks that can crack and leak fuel, which can start fires if ignited. Ford said there have been no reports of accidents or fires because of the problem on 1997-2001 models of the E150, E250 and E350. But if the van is used under severe conditions, such as driving off-road or over rough terrain, the tank can crack where it contacts the frame cross member. Nearly 7,000 of the vans were sold as ambulances, the automaker said.

DaimlerChrysler Corp. is recalling 161,682 light trucks that do not comply with federal seat belt standards. The recalled vehicles include 1999 models of the Dodge Dakota, Durango, Ram, Intrepid and Caravan; Chrysler Concorde, LHS and Town and Country; and the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Suzuki is recalling 59,888 Grand Vitara SUVs from the 1999-2001 model years. When temperatures drop below minus 13 degrees, moisture can freeze in the fuel pressure regulator. That could lead to fuel leakage, which could cause a fire in the presence of an ignition source.

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