Wasabe, Let me ring in here. This is very typical of Ford. They knew many years ago about this problem but the way Ford works is that they will wait till the last minute hoping that this known flaw will burn up as many Fords as possible. This way when the Government forces them to recall the vehicles their aren't that many left. This is how Ford operates. They don't give a S**T about customers. Remember the Firestone debacle? Well there were a lot of other SUV and pickups that used those tires. They never had a problem with them. Just Ford. This is because the front suspension of the Explorer was the biggest POS ever to be put on the front of a truck. Notice the redesign came in a hurry shortly after the height of the Ford Firestone firestorm. Ford had deeper pockets. They were able to hire real engineers that were far too overqualified to work in their design dept to say the problem was with Firestone. I personally don't believe it.
The bottom line is FORD SUCKS ANYTHING IT CAN GET ITS MOUTH AROUND!