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US recall hits Ford

CAR manufacturer Ford will recall 1.2 million pick-up trucks in the United States and Canada over fears their fuel tanks could fall off and spark a fire.

The vehicle makers are afraid that the straps holding the tanks on can be corroded by road salt.

Ford said this defect has caused eight fires, and one injury.

The recall affects some versions of the F-150, F-250 and Lincoln Blackwood trucks built between 1997 and 2004 in certain cold-weather states. These models were not sold in Europe.