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October 30, 2001

Ford Motor Company Recalls Ford, Lincoln and Mercury Vehicles

Detroit, MI (SafetyAlerts) - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published a recall affecting 2000-2001 Ford, Lincoln and Mercury cars manufactured between February - September 2000.

Number Involved: 1,083,000

Models: Ford Focus Years: 2000-2001
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 of a crash.

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]

Important Note 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 
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 about?

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The information contained herein has been obtained from sources that the Company believes to be reliable, however, the Company has not independently verified or confirmed the information and the recipient acknowledges that no representations or warranties are being made in connection with the use of the information.