January 28, 2010 / 4:19 PM / 10 years ago

UPDATE 1-Ford halts production of China van with CTS pedal

* China JV halts production Thursday to study pedal

* JV produced 1,663 Transit Classic vans with CTS pedal

* CTS began supplying pedals to Ford in December

DETROIT, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co (F.N) and its joint venture partner Jiangling Motors Corp (000550.SZ) halted China production of full-sized Transit Classic diesel commercial vans equipped with CTS Corp (CTS.N) pedals, the automakers said on Thursday.

CTS, which is at the center of a massive Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) recall over potentially faulty accelerator pedals, only began to supply pedals to the commercial van in December and does not supply pedals for any other Ford vehicle, Ford spokesman Said Deep said.

There were 1,663 vehicles produced in China for the Chinese markets using the pedals and production was halted on Thursday, Deep said, adding that it was unclear how many had been delivered to customers or dealers.

The design and engineering of the pedals is unique to Ford, but appears similar to that of the pedal supplied to Toyota and is being studied, Deep said.

In a conference call on Thursday after Ford posted a 2009 profit, its first full-year profit since 2005, Ford Chief Executive Alan Mulally said he believed the China production halt was an isolated incident. (Reporting by David Bailey and Soyoung Kim; Editing by Derek Caney)

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