December 1, 2000
1997 Mercury Mountaineer and 1995 - 1997 Ford Explorers
Detroit, MI (SafetyAlerts) - The Ford Motor Company
said Thursday it is recalling certain 1995 through 1997 Ford Explorer, and 1997 Mercury
Mountaineer sport utility vehicles because one or both sway bar links can break off. This
condition has occurred mostly in cold climate areas.
According to the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (NHTSA), this is not a safety defect in accordance with the Safety
Act. However, it is deemed a safety improvement campaign by the agency. The sway
bars are part of the front-end suspension and help control the vehicle during turns.
Should one or both of the sway bar link(s) break,
Ford will pay to have the broken link or links replaced. This program does NOT cover wear
of sway bar bushings or sway bar link bushings that may occur.
Dealers will replace broken sway bar links with
new 10-millimeter service sway bar links. These vehicles are also eligible for an
additional coverage program for 10 years from the original warranty start date or 100,000
miles whatever occurs first. Ford has decided to conduct a Service Program to replace the
sway bar links.
Questions concerning this action should be
directed to Ford at 1-800-392-3673.
NHTSA Recall #00I003000/Ford Recall
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Did you know?
During 2001 there were over
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States for safety reasons!
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