Many fire investigators hired by insurance companies and many other automobile engineers agree that a $20.57 switch, installed in millions of Ford vehicles from 1992 to 2003, is causing some Ford vehicles to ignite. An Iowa family has filed a lawsuit over the defect alleging that the defective switch caused their F-150 pickup to ignite, destroying their house and killing a 74-year-old-woman. Ford has already recalled more than 1 million cars in two seperate recalls, however Ford documents reveal that the switch has been placed in more than 16 million vehicles. NHTSA has received 559 complaints of spontaneous fires and 253 of those fires on on vehicles which have not been recalled.
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