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June 2, 2000

1996-1998 Ford Contour and Mercury Mystique Automobiles Recalled

Detroit, MI  (SafetyAlerts) - The National Highway Transportation Administration (NHTSA) has published the recall of certain 1996-1998 Ford Contour and Mercury Mystique automobiles because, in passenger vehicles NOT equipped with the anti-lock braking system, a pressure conscious reducing valve (PCRV) in the rear brakes may be subject to corrosion.

According to NHTSA,  this could result in a malfunction when operated in areas that use salt compounds on the roadway for de-icing or dust control.

250,000 of these vehicles, manufactured between April, 1996 through August, 1998 are affected by this recall.

Dealers will install improved PCRV's in the rear brake system. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began during April 2000.

Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.

[NHTSA Recall No. 00V075/Ford Recall No. 00S03]

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafeMail subscribers June 2, 2000.

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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