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Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it will recall more than a half-million cars and pickup trucks to replace defective suspension parts that could pose safety problems.

About 310,000 1993 Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable sedans and station wagons are being recalled to replace their front coil springs. Ford says the springs could break from cracks and corrosion, which could damage the tires.

The cars being recalled are in 21 states, mostly in the North, and Canada where corrosion is more of a problem.

Ford also said some 1997 and '98 F-150 four-wheel-drive pickups were being recalled because of a problem with the rear leaf springs. If the truck is overloaded, the springs may break and strike the fuel tank. About 247,000 pickups are being recalled.

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