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Mercury Mountaineer Recall 00V179000

Ford Recalls 2000 Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer Vehicles for Side Crash Sensor Issue

Body, Interior & Misc., July 10, 2000

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Summary:

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.

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s): 2000

Manufacturer's Report Date: July 10, 2000

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 00V179000

NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: AIR BAGS:SIDE/WINDOW

Potential Number of Units Affected: 2,300

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: 4-DOOR SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH SIDE AIR BAGS. THE SUBJECT VEHICLES HAVE A REVISED LEVEL SIDE CRASH SENSOR THAT COULD DEPLOY THE SIDE AIR BAG IF THE IGNITION KEY IS IN THE "RUN" POSITION AND THE SEATBELT WEBBING IS FORCIBLY EXTRACTED FROM A LOCKED RETRACTOR WITH A JERKING MOTION.

Consequence: INADVERTENT SIDE AIR BAG DEPLOYMENT COULD CAUSE PERSONAL INJURY TO THE SEAT OCCUPANT.

Remedy: DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE SIDE CRASH SENSORS WITH A REVISED DESIGN THAT WILL REDUCE THE LIKELIHOOD OF AN UNEXPECTED SIDE AIR BAG DEPLOYMENT.

Notes: OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN JULY 10, 2000.OWNERS WHO 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 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).

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