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December 6, 1999

1998 Ford Contours and Mercury Mystiques Recalled

Washington, DC (SafetyAlerts) - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today published the recall of certain 1998 Ford Contours and Mercury Mystiques manufactured between January 1997 - August 1998 because the air bag sensor wiring insulation can become brittle and crack over time due to environmental stress cracking of the insulation. In some cases, it can cause the air bag warning light to illuminate and disable the air bag supplemental restraint system.

Approximately 280,000 vehicles are affected by this recall.

Dealers will install air bag sensors with revised wiring insulation. In addition, vehicles which have the air bag warning light illuminated will have a new air bag diagnostic monitor installed.

Owner notification began Sept. 27, 1999.

Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.

[NHTSA Recall No. 99V243/Ford Recall No. 99S23]

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Did you know?
During 2001 there were over
1575 products recalled in the United
States for safety reasons!

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