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Ford Has Recalled SUVs for Speed Control

Aug 8, 2003 | www.safetyalerts.com

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.


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