Ford has recalled certain 1998-2002 Explorer, Explorer Sport Trac, and Mercury Mountaineer vehicles for an issue with the driver's seat recliner mechanism. The upper bolt that attaches the recliner mechanism to the seat back frame could fracture. If this happens, the seat back could fall backward and disrupt the driver, possibly causing an accident. Dealers will replace the upper bolt and, on some vehicles, replace a lower bolt as well.
2000 Ford Explorer Recalls
Ford has recalled certain 1999-2001 Explorer, Explorer Sport Trac, and Mercury Mountaineer vehicles for a possible binding speed control cable. If the cable binds, throttle return could be affected, causing a sticking accelerator. Dealers will inspect the cable and replace it if necessary.
The courtesy lamps on affected running boards may overheat when exposed to moisture and road salt. Overheating may cause the lamps and boards to melt or start a fire. Dealers will replace the wiring harness for these running boards.
Ford has recalled certain 1999-2000 Explorers for a software issue with the powertrain control module (PCM). In some vehicles, the top speed allowed could exceed the speed rated capability of equipped tires. This could lead to tire failure. Dealers will reprogram the PCM with proper specifications.
Ford has recalled Firestone Wilderness AT and Radial ATX tires installed on multiple lines of Ford trucks from 1991 to 2000. On some tires, under extreme conditions, the tread could separate, which can cause immediate tire failure. This may lead to a loss of vehicle control, injury, and death. Dealers replaced the affected tires.
Ford has recalled certain 2000 Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer vehicles equipped with side air bags for a possible problem with the side crash sensors. If the seat belt webbing is forcibly extracted from a locked retractor with a jerking motion, the side crash sensors could command deployment of the side air bags with the key in the run position. Dealers will replace the side crash sensors with a revised sensor.
Ford has recalled certain 1999-2000 Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer vehicles with 4.0L engines and all-wheel-drive for a concern with the generic electronic module (GEM). The module may lock up, causing multiple electronic functions such as wiper operation, lighting operation, and 4-wheel-drive operation to malfunction. This could create a safety hazard and possibly lead to a crash. Dealers will install a resistor in the GEM module circuit.