DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. suspended production of its full-sized commercial vehicles in China because the gas pedals used in the vehicles come from the same supplier involved in a recall at Toyota Motor Corp.
The vehicles in question are diesel versions of the full-sized Transit Classic van, which began production in December. The number of vehicles affected totals 1,663, said Ford spokesman Said Deep.
“We think it's pretty isolated,” Ford CEO Alan Mulally said today in a conference call. “Following our normal process, when anybody has an issue in the industry, we check everything about Ford design worldwide.”
The Transit Classic pedals come from CTS Corp., of Elkhart, Ind., the supplier at the center of Toyota's 2.3 million vehicles recalled in the United States last week.
The fear surrounding the gas pedals is that they may get stuck, causing unintended acceleration.
There have been no reports of any issues of sticking pedals with the Transit Classic in China, according to a statement from Ford partner Jiangling Motors Co.
Deep said it was unclear how many Transit Classics had been delivered to customers or dealers. He said no decision had been made on a possible recall.
Deep said the pedal's design and engineering are unique to Ford but appear to be similar to Toyota's pedal.