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January 23, 2001

1999-2000 Ford Contour, Mercury Mystique and Mercury Cougar Automobiles Recalled

Detroit, MI (SafetyAlerts) - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published a recall affecting the 1999-2000 Ford Contour, Mercury Mystique and Mercury Cougar automobiles.  The affected models were manufactured between August 1998 and March 2000.

Ford has expanded this recall to include later model vehicles.

This recall involves passenger vehicles not equipped with an anti-lock braking system (ABS). A "pressure conscious reducing valve" (PCRV) in the rear brakes may be subject to corrosion and result in malfunction when operated in areas that use salt compounds on the roadway for de-icing or dust control.

If both PCRV's malfunction, vehicle handling could be adversely affected during braking from rear wheel lockup, increasing the risk of a crash.

186,200 automobiles are affected by this recall.

Dealers will install improved PCRV's in the rear brake system.

The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began Oct. 23, 2000. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.

[NHTSA Recall No. 00V075001/Ford Recall No. 00S03 #1]

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Important Note Regarding Auto Recalls
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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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