updated 10/17/2007 8:46:58 PM ET 2007-10-18T00:46:58

Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday that parts used to fix 1.25 million passenger cars involved in a high-profile recall will not be fully available until later this year.

The automaker said it was working to supply the parts to dealers to be installed on a cruise control switch system in the vehicles.

Ford’s recall of 3.6 million cars and trucks announced in August covered more than a dozen vehicle models built from 1992 to 2004. The Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker has recalled more than 10 million vehicles since 1999 because of engine fires linked to the cruise control systems in trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles.

Parts for the passenger cars covered under August’s recall will not be fully available until the end of the year, said Ford spokesman Dan Jarvis. The vehicles include the 1992-1997 Lincoln Town Car, 1992-1997 Ford Crown Victoria, 1992-1997 Mercury Grand Marquis, 1993-1998 Lincoln Mark VIII, 1993-1995 Taurus SHO and 1994 Mercury Capri.

There have not been similar supply problems for parts for the SUVs and pickup trucks covered by the recall, Jarvis said. Ford had said in August that it expected the parts to be available for the passenger cars in early October.

“A lot of people came in right away so the demand for the part exceeded supply. We’re working to fill that pipeline,” Jarvis said.

Dealers are installing a fused wiring harness into the speed control electrical system as part of the recall. Owners can take their vehicles to a dealer to have the cruise control deactivated until the parts arrive.

Ford said in August that it was conducting the recall to respond to concerns from owners about the safety of their vehicles amid questions about the speed control system. Jarvis said Wednesday there have been no deaths, injuries or accidents associated with the August recall.

Owners with questions about the recall can call Ford at 888-222-2751.

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