News 12 at 11 o'clock, July 17, 2008
AUGUSTA, Ga ---Just this week we told you about a freak accident in one of the University Hospital parking garages involving a Ford Expedition SUV. Investigators believe it was an electrical fire. On Thursday evening - investigators were called out to another fire involving a Ford automobile - this time a 1995 Crown Victoria.
Although its two isolated cases - there are a lot of similarities.
"I'm just thankful that me and my child wasn't in it,"says Lanise Darns, the owner of the car."It was no problem with it, that's why I don't understand why this could have happened so fast."
"I do not suspect any arson on the vehicle, so it appears to be electrical in nature, its just a matter now of finding out where,"says Lt. Neal Brown of the Richmond County Fire Department.
"I have not ran the VIN yet to see if its one of those consisted in the recall so I will be doing that soon."
Its no secret that several Ford models are on a recall list for faulty wiring in the cruise control switch.
Investigator Brown is not ruling that out as a cause just yet. Darns' Crown Victoria now consists of a charred hood - melted tires and frayed wires. Still it could have been worse. She could have been inside. Her sister, Denise says she is thankful for that.
"A car can be replaced but a life can't you know..you can always get another car,"says Denise Darns.
FORD RECALL LIST
Darn's car is is just one of many Fords with this potential problem. Here is the list:
2000-2003 Excursion (built prior to 11/4/02)
1992-2003 Econoline E-150/250/350
1996-2003 Econoline E450
2002-2003 Econoline E550
2001-2002 Explorer Sport (2 door) & Sport Trac
2003-2004 F-150 Lightning
1993-2003 F-Series (Under 8500 lb. GVW)
1993-2003 F-Series (over 8500 lb. GVW) - all plants except Cuautitlan
1994-2003 F-Series (over 8500 lb. GVW) - Cuautitlan built only prior to 1/7/03
1995-2002 F-53 Motorhome
1992-1998 Town Car
1992-1998 Crown Victoria
1992-1998 Grand Marquis
1993-1998 Mark VIII
1993-1995 Taurus SHO (automatic transmission)
*equipped with speed control. Diesel engine equipped vehicles are excluded from recall.
For more information, go to www.ford.com.