Ford Explorer Recall 97V137000
Ford Recalls 1996 Explorer and 1997 Mercury Mountaineer Vehicles for Liftgate Bracket Weld Issue
Body, Interior & Misc., September 30, 1997
RepairPal Expert Overview
Ford has recalled certain 1996 Explorer and 1997 Mercury Mountaineer vehicles for an issue with the weld on the bracket that supports the lift struts on the right side of the liftgate. The weld was done incorrectly on some of the vehicles. If breakage occurs, the liftgate could fall and injure someone. Dealers will reinforce the affected bracket with two pop rivets.
Original Recall from the NHTSA
Model Year(s): 1996
Manufacturer's Report Date: September 30, 1997
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 97V137000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: STRUCTURE:BODY:HATCHBACK/LIFTGATE:SUPPORT DEVICE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2,200
Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: MULTI-PURPOSE PASSENGER VEHICLES. THE LIFTGATE ASSIST GAS CYLINDER BRACKET ON THE RIGHT HAND BODYSIDE OUTER PANEL WAS INCORRECTLY WELDED.
Consequence: THE GAS CYLINDER BRACKET MAY NOT PROPERLY SUPPORT THE LIFTGATE INCREASING THE RISK OF PERSONAL INJURY.
Remedy: DEALERS WILL REINFORCE THE BRACKET ATTACHMENT WITH TWO POP RIVETS.
Notes: OWNER NOTIFICATION IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN SEPTEMBER 30, 1997.OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT FORD AT 1-800-392-3673.ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-800-424-9393.
Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration