Ford is recalling 2001 Explorers for failing to comply with certification requirements. Affected models were shipped from the plant without safety certification labels concerning proper tire inflation. Incorrect tire inflation could result in tire tread separation, increasing the chance of a crash. Dealers affixed the labels to the units in October 2000; the recall is 100 percent complete.
Ford Explorer Recalls
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 1997-1998 Expedition, Explorer, F150, and Windstar vehicles because they were improperly outfitted with daytime running lamps certified for use in Canada. These daytime running lamps do not meet U.S. motor vehicle code requirements. Dealers will deactivate the daytime running lamps on affected vehicles.
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.
Ford has recalled certain 1993-1995 Explorer vehicles because the liftgate hydraulic lift brackets could fracture. If the lift bracket fractures, the liftgate could fall, causing injury. Dealers will install a reinforcement bracket kit to secure the lifts.
Ford has recalled certain 1998-1999 Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer vehicles for an issue with the hood latch. In some instances, the secondary hood latch could corrode and stick in the open position. This could cause the hood to fly up if the primary hood latch is not engaged. Dealers will replace the secondary hood latch with one that has additional corrosion protection.
Ford has recalled certain 1999 Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer vehicles for a concern with the right front brake line to hydraulic control unit (HCU) connection. The line could potentially separate from the HCU, causing a lack of appropriate braking power. A flare nut on the brake line will be replaced to proactively prevent brake line detachment.
Ford has recalled certain 1997-1998 Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer vehicles equipped with a 4.0L SOHC engine for an issue when identifying the proper location to attach a negative jumper cable in the event a jump start is needed. There is a fuel line bracket that is present near the battery that could be used in error to act as the ground for a jump start. Using this fuel line bracket as a negative jump start location could cause overheating to the fuel lines and a potential fire. Dealers will install a warning label to remind operators not to use the fuel line bracket as a jump start location. They will also install a revised alternator bolt bracket as a new and convenient jump start ground location.