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August 31, 2000

Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer Model Year 2000 Recalled

Detroit, MI  (SafetyAlerts) - The National Highway Transportation Administration (NHTSA) has announced  the recall of certain Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer model year 2000 vehicles because certain 4-door sport utility vehicles equipped with side air bags have a revised level side crash sensor that could deploy the side air bag if the ignition key is in the "run" position and the seatbelt webbing is forcibly extracted from a locked retractor with a jerking motion. Inadvertent side air bag deployment could cause personal injury to the seat occupant.

3,002 vehicles manufactured in June 2000 are affected by this recall.

Dealers will replace the side crash sensors with a revised design that will reduce the likelihood of an unexpected side air bag deployment. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began July 24, 2000. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.

[NHTSA Recall No. 00V179/Ford Recall No. 00S17]

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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