February 16, 2001
Ford Recalls 1993 - 1997 Mercury Villager
Detroit, MI (SafetyAlerts) - The National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published a recall affecting the 1993
through 1997 Mercury Villager. The affected models were manufactured from November
1991 through June 1998.
On certain minivans, the fuel tank vent
hose allows air to vent from the fuel tank during refueling. Cracks have developed in the
vent hose. If (1) the fuel tank is overfilled, not allowing excess fuel in the vent hose
to flow back into
the tank, (2) the vehicle is driven only a short distance after refueling and, (3) there
is subsequently significant heating of the fuel tank, the fuel in the tank can expand into
the vent hose and leak fuel. Fuel leakage in the presence of an ignition source can result
in a fire.
394,000 automobiles are affected by this recall.
Dealers will replace the vent hose.
The manufacturer has reported that owner
notification will begin during February 2001. Owners who do not receive the free remedy
within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.
[NHTSA Recall No. 00V419002, Mfg.
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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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