October 30, 2001
Ford Motor Company Recalls 1998 Ford Contour and
Detroit, MI (SafetyAlerts) - The National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published a recall affecting1998
Ford and Mercury cars manufactured between September 1996 -
Defect: On certain passenger
vehicles built at the Kansas City Assembly Plant and currently registered in
the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine,
Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New
Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia,
and Wisconsin, and including the District of Columbia, the front coil
springs may fracture as a result of corrosion in high corrosion
environments. Depending on the location of the fracture, a broken spring
could move past the spring seat and contact a front tire. Some tires have
deflated due to contact with a broken spring, increasing the likelihood of a
loss of control and a crash.
Dealers will install spring catcher brackets. The
manufacturer reported that owner notification would begin during September
2001. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time
should contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.
[NHTSA Recall No. 01V255/Ford Recall No. 01S23]
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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