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Ford recall 99V310001

Ford Recalls 1993-1995 Explorer Vehicles for Liftgate Lift Bracket Weld Fractures

Affected Cars:

Make Model Year(s)
Ford Explorer 1993, 1994, 1995

Body, Interior & Misc., January 3, 2000

RepairPal Expert Overview

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.

Original Recall from the NHTSA

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 99V310001

NHTSA Action Number: RQ99016

Component: STRUCTURE:BODY:HATCHBACK/LIFTGATE:SUPPORT DEVICE

Potential Number of Units Affected: 470582

Summary: VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: ON CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, THE HYDRAULIC LIFT CYLINDER BRACKET WELDS COULD FRACTURE.

Consequence: WITH A BROKEN BRACKET WELD, THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR THE LIFTGATE BRACKET TO GRADUALLY BEND INWARD ALLOWING THE LIFT CYLINDER BALL STUD TO DISENGAGE, UNEXPECTEDLY ALLOWING THE LIFTGATE TO FALL FROM AN OPEN POSITION.

Remedy: DEALERS WILL INSTALL LIFTGATE REINFORCEMENT BRACKETS. DEPENDING UPON THE CONDITION OF THE LIFTGATE SHEET METAL IN THE AREA OF THE BRACKET, DEALERS MAY ALSO INSTALL A LARGER REINFORCEMENT.

Notes: FORD RECALL NO. 99S34.OWNER NOTIFICATION IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING JANUARY 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).

Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration