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Recall 00V072000

Ford Recalls 1999-2000 Explorer and Mercury Mountaineers for GEM module concern

Electrical & Lights, April 15, 2000
Affected Cars

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Summary:

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.

 

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date: April 15, 2000

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 00V072000

NHTSA Action Number: PE99049

Component: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:FUSES AND CIRCUIT BREAKERS

Potential Number of Units Affected: 208,903

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: MULTI-PURPOSE VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH 4.0L ENGINES AND ALL-TIME 4-WHEEL DRIVE (A4WD) POWERTRAINS. THE GENERIC ELECTRONIC MODULE (GEM) COULD EXPERIENCE A CONDITION REFERRED TO AS "LOCK-UP" IN WHICH THE GEM CONTROLLED ELECTRONIC FUNCTIONS (E.G., FRONT WINDSHIELD WIPERS, INTERIOR LIGHTS, 4X4 SYSTEM, ETC.) COULD NOT BE TURNED ON OR, IN SOME CASES IF THE FUNCTION IS ON, COULD NOT BE TURNED OFF.

Consequence: AN INOPERATIVE WINDSHIELD WIPER SYSTEM COULD AFFECT DRIVER VISIBILITY, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy: DEALERS WILL INSTALL A RESISTOR IN THE GEM CIRCUIT.

Notes: OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN APRIL 15, 2000. 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 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).

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