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November 1, 1999

1999 Mercury Villager Mini-Vans Recalled

Washington, DC (SafetyAlerts) - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today published the recall of certain 1999 Mercury Villager mini-vans manufactured between June - July 1999 because the fuel tank retention strap (two straps per minivan) can break at the spot welds causing an underbody rattle. If the welds fail, there may be a fuel leak and/or separation of the fuel tank from the minivan.

Approximately 3,800 vehicles are affected by this recall.  Distribution of the product was not indicated in the NHTSA report.

Dealers will replace the fuel tank retention straps.

Owner notification began Aug. 30, 1999. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.

Reference: NHTSA Recall No. 99V205001/Ford Recall No. 99S21

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