August 4, 1999
Ford Motor Company
Ford Explorer Years:
Mercury Mountaineer Years: 1998-1999
Dates of Manufacture: April 1997 - May 1999
Defect: On certain sport utility vehicles, the
secondary hood latch may corrode at the latch pivot and stick in the
open position. If this occurs and the primary hood latch is either
not engaged or is released, a hood fly-up could occur.
Remedy: Dealers will install a secondary hood latch
with components that are coated prior to assembly for improved latch
pivot corrosion protection. Owner notification was expected to begin
during July 1999. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a
reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.
[NHTSA Recall No.
99V164/Ford Recall No. 99S18]