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June 25, 2002

Ford Motor Company Has Recalled 1995-1996 Ford Windstar

(SafetyAlerts) -  Ford Motor Company Has Recalled 1995-1996 Ford Windstar because of possibility of leaking brake fluid will result in brake light activation.

Number Involved: 250,283

Dates of Manufacture: January 1994 – May 1996

Defect: Affected vehicles are certain minivans built at the Oakville Assembly Plant and sold or currently registered in the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. During assembly, some brake lines were installed in a twisted position, causing contact with the dash panel insulator above the catalytic converter. This contact could abrade the brake line corrosion protection; consequently, salt or water absorbed in the dash panel insulator could promote corrosion. This corrosion could ultimately lead to a leak in the brake line. Leaking brake fluid will result in brake light activation. Extended stopping distance could also result, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy: Dealers will inspect the brake line for corrosion and clearance conditions. A brake line that is not corroded will be repositioned. A brake line that is corroded or leaking will be replaced with a nylon coated brake line and secured using three retaining clips to assure clearance from the insulator. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began May 10, 2002. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.

[NHTSA Recall No.02V101/Ford Recall No. 02S36]

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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