updated 9/10/2004 9:21:47 AM ET 2004-09-10T13:21:47

Ford Motor Co. is recalling 234,208 Econoline vans because fires could start if the anti-lock brake unit overheats, the company said Thursday.

Econolines from the 2003 and 2004 model years are included in the recall, Ford spokesman Glenn Ray said. Vans made after November 2003 aren't affected.

Ray said there have been no accidents or injuries reported because of the defect. Ford believes the chance that the anti-lock brake unit could overheat and spark a fire is extremely small. Even if the anti-lock brakes fail, the regular brakes still will work, Ray said.

Customers will be notified of the recall later this month and can have the defect repaired for free. Ford also has extended the warranty on the anti-lock braking system from three years or 36,000 miles to 10 years or 150,000 miles.

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