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SafetyAlerts
August 8, 2003

Ford Has Recalled SUVs for Seat Issues

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


Make : FORD Model : EXPLORER Year : 1998

Make : FORD Model : EXPLORER Year : 1999

Make : FORD Model : EXPLORER Year : 2000

Make : FORD Model : EXPLORER Year : 2001

Make : MERCURY Model : MOUNTAINEER Year : 1998

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 Year : 2002

Make : FORD Model : EXPLORER SPORT TRAC Year : 2001

Make : FORD Model : EXPLORER SPORT TRAC Year : 2002

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 03V281000

Component: SEATS:FRONT ASSEMBLY:RECLINER

Potential Number Of Units Affected : 1552880

Summary:
ON CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH HIGH BACK SEATS, THE UPPER BOLT ON THE DRIVERS SIDE HIGH BACK SEAT, THAT ATTACHES THE SEAT RECLINER MECHANISM TO THE SEAT BACK FRAME, COULD FRACTURE. IF THE BOLT FRACTURES AND DOES NOT JAM IN THE SEAT BACK FRAME, THE SEAT BACK MAY RECLINE UNTIL IT MAKES CONTACT WITH AN OBJECT BEHIND THE SEAT, SUCH AS THE SECOND ROW SEAT CUSHION.

Consequence:
THE DRIVER COULD POTENTIALLY LOSE CONTACT WITH THE STEERING WHEEL OR FOOT PEDALS DURING SUCH AN EVENT, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE DRIVER SEAT UPPER BOLT WITH A METAL SPACER AND BOLT. IN ADDITION, SEATS WITH TUBULAR BACK FRAMES WILL HAVE THE FULLY THREADED LOWER RECLINER BOLT REPLACED WITH A PARTIALLY THREADED BOLT. OWNER NOTIFICATION IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING AUGUST 2003. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT FORD AT 1-800-392-3673.

Notes:
FORD RECALL NO. 03S04. 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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