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Ford Explorer Recall 97V137000

Ford Recalls 1996 Explorer and 1997 Mercury Mountaineer Vehicles for Liftgate Bracket Weld Issue

Recall Details

Ford has recalled certain 1996 Explorer and 1997 Mercury Mountaineer vehicles for an issue with the weld on the bracket that supports the lift struts on the right side of the liftgate. The weld was done incorrectly on some of the vehicles. If breakage occurs, the liftgate could fall and injure someone. Dealers will reinforce the affected bracket with two pop rivets.

Body, Interior & Misc., September 30, 1997

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s)
Manufacturer's Report Date
September 30, 1997
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
2,200
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
97V137000
Component
STRUCTURE:BODY:HATCHBACK/LIFTGATE:SUPPORT DEVICE

Summary
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: MULTI-PURPOSE PASSENGER VEHICLES. THE LIFTGATE ASSIST GAS CYLINDER BRACKET ON THE RIGHT HAND BODYSIDE OUTER PANEL WAS INCORRECTLY WELDED.
Consequence
THE GAS CYLINDER BRACKET MAY NOT PROPERLY SUPPORT THE LIFTGATE INCREASING THE RISK OF PERSONAL INJURY.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL REINFORCE THE BRACKET ATTACHMENT WITH TWO POP RIVETS.
Notes
OWNER NOTIFICATION IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN SEPTEMBER 30, 1997.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 1-800-424-9393.
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