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January 5, 2001

Ford Recalls 1995 Contour, Mercury Mystique

Detroit, MI (SafetyAlerts) - The National Highway Transportation Administration (NHTSA) has published a  recall affecting the 1995 model year of the Ford Contour, and Mercury Mystique automobiles.  The affected models were manufactured between April 1994 and December 1995.  The recall only affects models equipped with the 2.5 V6 engine.

Tightening of the engine cooling fan motor bearings, up to and including motor stall, can result in increased motor torque and higher than normal motor current and accompanying high motor temperatures.

Overheating of the cooling fan motor due to excessive current can result in smoke and odors from bearing grease, insulation and other internal motor components. If electrical current continues to be applied to the motor, internal motor components could ignite possibly igniting other engine compartment components..

262,559 automobiles are affected by this recall.

Dealers will install a Positive Temperature Coefficient device in-line with each fan motor.

Owner notification is expected to begin during December 2000. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673. Also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Auto Safety Hotline at 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).

[NHTSA Recall No. 00V367000 / Mfg. Campaig # 00S44]

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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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