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December 1, 2000

1997 Mercury Mountaineer and  1995 - 1997 Ford Explorers Recalled

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 # 00M11

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when the next update is due.

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

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