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Recall 99V164000

Ford Recalls 1998-1999 Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer Vehicles for Sticking Hood Latch

Recall Details

Ford has recalled certain 1998-1999 Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer vehicles for an issue with the hood latch. In some instances, the secondary hood latch could corrode and stick in the open position. This could cause the hood to fly up if the primary hood latch is not engaged. Dealers will replace the secondary hood latch with one that has additional corrosion protection.

Body, Interior & Misc., July 14, 1999

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
July 14, 1999
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
854,288
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
99V164000
Component
LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES:HOOD:LATCH

Summary
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES. THE SECONDARY HOOD LATCH MAY CORRODE AT THE LATCH PIVOT AND STICK IN THE OPEN POSITION.
Consequence
IF THIS OCCURS AND THE PRIMARY HOOD LATCH IS EITHER NOT ENGAGED OR IS RELEASED, A HOOD FLY-UP COULD OCCUR.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL INSTALL A SECONDARY HOOD LATCH WITH COMPONENTS THAT ARE COATED PRIOR TO ASSEMBLY FOR IMPROVED LATCH PIVOT CORROSION PROTECTION.
Notify
OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN JULY 14, 1999.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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