January 23, 2001
1999-2000 Ford Windstar Automobiles Recalled
Detroit, MI (SafetyAlerts) - The National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published a recall affecting the 1999-2000
model year Ford Windstar automobiles. The affected models were manufactured between
February 1999 and February 2000.
Certain Windstar minivans built with
instrument clusters without a "message center" fail to comply with the
requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 118, "Power-operated
Window, Partition, and Roof Panel Systems."
If the key is placed in the "Accessory"
position and remains there for more than 70 seconds, all accessories connected to the
accessory relay, including the power windows, remain operable when the key is moved to the
"OFF" position, even after either front door is opened.
The standard requires that power-operated windows
may be closed only when the key is in the "On," "Start," or
"Accessory" positions, or during the interval between the time the key is turned
off, and the opening of either of the vehicle's front doors.
180,000 automobiles are affected by this recall.
Dealers will reconfigure the vehicle front end
The manufacturer has reported that owner
notification was to begin on Jan. 22, 2001. Owners who do not receive the free remedy
within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.
[NHTSA Recall No. 00V351/Ford
Recall No. 00S42]
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Did you know?
During 2001 there were over
1575 products recalled in the United
States for safety reasons!
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