October 30, 2001
Ford Motor Company Recalls 1999-2001 Ford Windstar
Detroit, MI (SafetyAlerts) - The National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published a recall affecting
1999-2001 Ford Windstar vehicles manufactured between April 1998 - June
Number Involved: 598,256
On certain minivans, contaminants such as water, salt,
and windshield washer solution can enter the wiper motor cover assembly
through pinholes on the exterior of the cover that are used in the molding
process. In addition, on certain of these vehicles built between February
and August 2000, a switch located in the plastic cover of the wiper motor
gear case could malfunction and overheat. Either of these conditions could
potentially result in loss of intermittent wiper function, loss of wiper
park function, complete loss of wiper function, smoke, or ignition of the
plastic cover material. Contaminant entry could also result in unintended
wiper motor operation. 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. Loss of visibility while driving increases the risk of a
Dealers will install a new wiper cover with improved
sealing and water resistance. The manufacturer has reported that owner
notification will 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. 01V261/Ford Recall No. 01S25]
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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