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Mercury Mountaineer Recall 00V179000

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

Recall Details

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.

Body, Interior & Misc., July 10, 2000

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s)
Manufacturer's Report Date
July 10, 2000
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
2,300
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
00V179000
Component
AIR BAGS:SIDE/WINDOW

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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