The U.S. auto industry recalled more cars than it sold last week: Ford recalled 3.8 million pickups and SUVs, and Toyota called back 978,000 pickups and SUVs.
Ford's recall involved 1994-2002 Ford F-150 pickups and Expedition and Bronco SUVS and Lincoln Navigator SUVs. The company said brake fluid can leak into the switch that deactivates the speed-control switch, corrode electrical components and possibly cause a fire. Ford recalled 792,000 pickups and SUVs in January because of a similar problem.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received about 68 fire complaints. A Ford spokeswoman said the company knows of no evidence linking such fires to the recalled vehicles.
Toyota's recall involved complaints that a rod linking the steering wheel and the wheels could fracture when the steering wheel is turned while the vehicle is stopped. Vehicles affected are 1990-95 4Runner SUVs, 1989-95 four-wheel-drive trucks and 1993-98 T-100 pickups.