NHTSA Recall 00V394000

 

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):

  • FORD / EXPLORER SPORT 2000-2001
  • FORD / EXPLORER SPORT TRAC 2000-2001
  • FORD / RANGER 2001

Manufacturer: FORD MOTOR COMPANY

Report Receipt Date: NOV 28, 2000

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 00V394000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: STRUCTURE: BODY: HOOD: HINGE AND ATTACHMENTS

Potential Number of Units Affected: 137,700

Summary:

VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES WITH STEEL HOODS AND CERTAIN PICKUP TRUCKS EQUIPPED WITH SHEET MOLDING COMPOUND HOODS. A WIRE FORMED HOOD STRIKER COULD BE SUSCEPTIBLE TO FATIGUE FRACTURES. IF THE HOOD STRIKER FRACTURES, THE HOOD COULD FLY OPEN WHILE THE VEHICLE IS BEING DRIVEN.

Consequence:

A HOOD FLY-UP WHILE THE VEHICLE IS BEING OPERATED COULD RESULT IN REDUCED DRIVER VISIBILITY.

Remedy:

DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE HOOD STRIKER.

Notes:

OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN JANUARY 23, 2001. 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).