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Recall 97V235001

Ford Recalls 1991-1993 Explorers for Removable Sunroof Issues

Body, Interior & Misc., March 2, 1998
Affected Cars

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Summary:

Ford has recalled 1991-1993 Explorers equipped with a removable sunroof. In some cases, the sunroof panel can separate due to improper hinge engagement. The sunroof could fall on vehicle occupants, causing distraction and possible safety issues. Dealers will provide owners with usage instructions for the sunroof and a warning label to install by the sunroof latch knob detailing proper installation procedures.

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date: March 2, 1998

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 97V235001

NHTSA Action Number: EA97011

Component: STRUCTURE:BODY:ROOF AND PILLARS

Potential Number of Units Affected: 185,000

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: MULTI-PURPOSE PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH FACTORY INSTALLED SUNROOF. THE SUNROOF GLASS PANEL ASSEMBLY CAN SEPARATE WHILE THE VEHICLE IS MOVING DUE TO INCORRECT HINGE ENGAGEMENT. THIS WAS CAUSED BY IMPROPER SUNROOF INSTALLATION OF THE GLASS PANEL.

Consequence: UNEXPECTED SEPARATION OF THE SUNROOF GLASS PANEL COULD POSSIBLY DISTRACT THE DRIVER INCREASING THE RISK OF A VEHICLE CRASH OR LOSS OF VEHICLE CONTROL.

Remedy: OWNERS WILL BE PROVIDED WITH AN INSTRUCTION BOOKLET WHICH THOROUGHLY OUTLINES, WITH ILLUSTRATIONS, THE PROPER PROCEDURES FOR THE REMOVAL, STORAGE, AND REINSTALLATION OF THE SUNROOF'S GLASS PANEL. A WARNING LABEL FOR ATTACHMENT TO THE SUNROOF'S LATCH KNOB WILL ALSO BE PROVIDED TO THE OWNERS.

Notes: OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN MARCH 2, 1998. OWNERS WHO DO NOT RECEIVE THE INSTRUCTION BOOKLET AND WARNING LABEL 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.

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