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August 8, 2003

Ford Has Recalled SUVs for Speed Control

(SafetyAlerts) - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released the following information.


Make : FORD Model : EXPLORER Year : 1999

Make : FORD Model : EXPLORER Year : 2000

Make : FORD Model : EXPLORER Year : 2001

Make : MERCURY Model : MOUNTAINEER Year : 1999

Make : MERCURY Model : MOUNTAINEER Year : 2000

Make : MERCURY Model : MOUNTAINEER Year : 2001

Make : FORD Model : EXPLORER SPORT Year : 2001

Make : FORD Model : EXPLORER SPORT TRAC Year : 2001


NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 03V280000

Component: VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL:CABLES

Potential Number Of Units Affected : 448005

Summary:
ON CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH SPEED CONTROL AND 4.0L SOHC ENGINES, IF THE STRAND COVER ON THE SPEED CONTROL CABLE BECOMES FLARED AT THE END, THE SPEED CONTROL CABLE MAY BIND WHEN THE SPEED CONTROL IS ACTIVATED.

Consequence:
THE THROTTLE RETURN SPRING FORCE MAY NOT BE SUFFICIENT TO OVERCOME THE BINDING CONDITION WHEN THE SPEED CONTROL IS DISENGAGED. BRAKING FUNCTION WOULD BE MAINTAINED THOUGH STOPPING DISTANCES MAY BE INCREASED.

Remedy:
DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE SPEED CONTROL CABLE AND, IF NECESSARY, REPLACE IT. OWNER NOTIFICATION IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING AUGUST 2003. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT FORD AT 1-800-392-3673.

Notes:
FORD RECALL NO. 03S03. CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATIONS AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).

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 
CAMPAIGN ID Number.
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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The information contained herein has been obtained from sources that the Company believes to be reliable, however, the Company has not independently verified or confirmed the information and the recipient acknowledges that no representations or warranties are being made in connection with the use of the information.