October 6, 2001
Ford Motor Company Recalls 1996-1999 Vehicles
Detroit, MI (SafetyAlerts) - The National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published a recall affecting the
following Ford Motor Company models:
Ford Contour Years: 1996-1998
Mercury Mystique Years: 1996-1998
Mercury Cougar Year: 1999
On certain passenger vehicles, the rough surface of the heater blower
resistor's stainless steel blades can damage the copper surface of the
wiring harness connector. The damage could, over time, cause increased
resistance in the connector and, due to subsequent terminal relaxation,
result in an open circuit condition. The open circuit could lead to
electrical arcing that could melt the connector housing material, increasing
the potential for a fire.
Dealers will install a new heater blower resistor and a new wire jumper
harness. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began Aug. 6,
2001. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time
should contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.
[NHTSA Recall No. 01V230/Ford Recall No. 01S22]
Regarding Auto Recalls
Frequently SafetyAlerts will list
auto recalls before
your dealer will know about them. If you have a vehicle
affected by one of these posted recalls be sure and
write down the NHTSA
CAMPAIGN ID Number.
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
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