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August 4, 1999

Ford Motor Company

Models:

Ford Explorer Years: 1998-1999
Mercury Mountaineer Years: 1998-1999

Number Involved: 845,000
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]