October 30, 2001
Ford Motor Company Recalls Ford, Lincoln and Mercury
Detroit, MI (SafetyAlerts) - The National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published a recall affecting
Ford, Lincoln and Mercury cars manufactured between February
- September 2000.
Number Involved: 1,083,000
Models: Ford Focus Years:
Ford Taurus Years: 2000-2001
Ford Expedition Years: 2000-2001
Ford Excursion Years: 2000-2001
Ford F150/F250/F350/F450/F550/F650 Years: 2000-2001
Lincoln Continental Years: 2000-2001
Lincoln Town Car Years: 2000-2001
Lincoln Navigator Years: 2000-2001
Mercury Sable Years: 2000-2001
On certain passenger cars, sport utility vehicles, and
light and medium duty pickup trucks, a switch located in the plastic cover
of the wiper motor gear case could malfunction and overheat, potentially
resulting in loss of intermittent wiper function, loss of wiper park
function, complete loss of wiper function, smoke, or ignition of the plastic
cover material. Switch malfunction is most likely to occur when the
intermittent setting of the wipers is being used, or when snow or ice
obstructs the blades from returning to the "parked" position at the bottom
of the windshield. These vehicles were built at the following assembly
plants: Atlanta plant from 2/11/00 through 7/31/00; Chicago plant from
2/14/00 through 8/4/00; Kansas City plant from 2/26/00 to 9/4/00; Kentucky
truck plant from 2/18/00 to 8/31/00; Michigan truck plant from 2/23/00
through 8/3/00; Norfolk plant from 2/21/00 through 7/27/00; Wayne Stamping
and Assembly plant from 2/25/00 through 8/15/00; and Wixom plant from
2/15/00 through 8/8/00. Loss of visibility while driving increases the risk
Dealers will inspect the date code on the wiper motor.
Motors built within the suspect time frame will have the wiper motor gear
case cover replaced. 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. 01V258/Ford Recall No. 01S24]
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!
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