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January 22, 2000

1995 Ford Windstars Recalled

Washington, DC (SafetyAlerts) - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has published the recall of certain 1995 Ford Windstar automobiles, because some vehicles can develop cracks in the fuel tank in the forward strap area of the standard 20-gallon tank.

This problem is caused by a combination of factors that are present in certain very hot areas of the country. These cracks could result in fuel leakage if they propagate through the wall of the tank.

The recalled minivans were originally sold, or are currently registered, in the following hot weather states:
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California (10 southern counties), Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada (Clark County only), Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas.

Approximately 93,600 vehicles are affected by this recall.  Dealers will install a brace assembly at the strap bolt hole location and replace the tank strap with a revised, longer strap.

Dealers will also inspect the tanks for leaks. If a leak exists and is the result of a crack in the fuel tank, the tank will be replaced in addition to the installation of the brace assembly and longer strap.

Owner notification was expected to begin during December 1999. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.

[NHTSA Recall No. 99V309/Ford Recall No. 99S33]

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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