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November 3, 2000

Ford Recalls 2001 Taurus and Mercury Sable

Detroit, MI (SafetyAlerts) - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published a recall of certain 2001 Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable automobiles manufactured between May 2000 and August 2000. The Child Safety Seat Anchor Latch (ISO-fix anchor) fasteners do not have adequate residual torque. The anchors are secured to the floor pan with a reinforcement plate that has two studs that extend upward through the floor pan and the ISO-fix anchor. The sealer on the floor pan could cause a soft joint and, even if the nuts are properly torqued, road vibrations could cause the nut to work its way completely off the stud.

The anchor may not hold the child safety seat in position during an accident, increasing the risk of injury to the occupant of the child safety seat.

5,961 vehicles are affected by this recall.

Dealers will remove and re-install the bracket nut using a torque retention material (red loctite).  Owner notification began September 25, 2000. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a   reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.

Also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Auto Safety Hotline at 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).

[NHTSA Recall No. 00V240000/Ford Recall No. 00S23]

Important Note Regarding Auto Recalls
Frequently SafetyAlerts will list auto recalls before
your dealer will know about them. If you have a vehicle
affected by one of these posted recalls be sure and
write down the NHTSA 
If your dealer doesn't know about the recall when you
check, ask them how they are notified of recalls and
when the next update is due.

Did you know?
During 2001 there were over
1575 products recalled in the United
States for safety reasons!

How many did you hear about?

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