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2003 Ford Windstar Recall

Item Affected:
Date Announced:
Description of Recall:
Certain minivans fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 225, "Child Restraint Anchorage Systems." During testing, a third row bench floor-to-seat latch released before the strength requirement was met. If the latches on the second or third row seats of the vehicle release in a crash, the potential for occupant injury is increased.
Action Need To Fix It:
Dealers will replace the lower seat-to-floor latches on the second and third row of seats. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification is expected to begin during December 2003. Owners may contact Ford at 1-800-392- 3673.
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2001 Ford Windstar Recall

Item Affected:
Date Announced:
Description of Recall:
Certain passenger vehicles and minivans were built with a newly designed restraint control module (RCM). In some cases, the RCM does not recognize certain system faults that could result in an air bag or seat belt pre-tensioner unexpectedly activating during the self-test sequence at vehicle start-up. This condition could result in personal injury.
Action Need To Fix It:
Dealers will replace the RCM in these vehicles. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began Oct. 2, 2000. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.
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2001 Ford Windstar Recall

Item Affected:
Date Announced:
Description of Recall:
On certain minivans and passenger vehicles, a restraint control module (RCM) or a side or front crash sensor may have been assembled with one or more of the screws that mount the circuit board in the housing missing. If some or all of the screws are missing, the performance of the occupant restraint could be affected, providing less than the intended level of protection in the event of a crash.
Action Need To Fix It:
Dealers will inspect the RCM and crash sensors and, if necessary, replace them. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began Dec. 18, 2000. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.
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2001 Ford Windstar Recall

Item Affected:
Date Announced:
Description of Recall:
On certain minivans equipped with an adjustable pedal option, the driver floor mat could interfere with the accelerator pedal, potentially resulting in a stuck throttle.
Action Need To Fix It:
Dealers will replace both front driver and passenger side floor mats in the vehicle. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began July 6, 2001. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.
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2001 Ford Windstar Recall

Item Affected:
Date Announced:
Description of Recall:
On certain passenger and sport utility vehicles, pickup trucks, and minivans equipped with seat belts supplied by TRW, it is possible that the driver's and/or outboard front passenger's seat belt buckle may not fully latch In the event of a crash, the restraint system may not provide adequate occupant protection, increasing the risk of personal injury to the seat occupant. The vehicles equipped with these belts include Ford Crown Victorias built at St. Thomas Assembly Plant from 4/17/00 - 5/29/01; Mercury Grand Marquis built at St. Thomas Assembly Plant from 4/17/00 - 5/29/01; Lincoln Town Cars built at Wixom Assembly Plant from 3/27/00 - 5/30/01; Lincoln Navigators built at Michigan Truck Plant from 4/11/00 - 5/31/01; Ford Windstars built at Oakville Assembly Plant from 3/23/00 - 5/30/01; Ford Rangers built at Twin Cities Plant from 3/28/00 - 5/30/01 and also at the Edison Plant from 3/13/00 - 5/25/01; Ford F-150 trucks built at the Norfolk Plant from 4/18/00 - 5/25/00, at the Onta...
Action Need To Fix It:
Dealers will inspect the front outboard seat belt buckles. If a buckle fails the inspection process, it will be replaced. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began on July 25, 2001. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.
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2001 Ford Windstar Recall

Item Affected:
Date Announced:
Description of Recall:
On certain minivans, contaminants such as water, salt, and windshield washer solution can enter the wiper motor cover assembly through pinholes on the exterior of the cover that are used in the molding process. In addition, on certain of these vehicles built between February and August 2000, a switch located in the plastic cover of the wiper motor gear case could malfunction and overheat. Either of these conditions could potentially result in loss of intermittent wiper function, loss of wiper park function, complete loss of wiper function, smoke, or ignition of the plastic cover material. Contaminant entry could also result in unintended wiper motor operation. Switch malfunction is most likely to occur when the intermittent setting of the wipers is being used, or when snow or ice obstructs the blades from returning to the "parked" position at the bottom of the windshield. Loss of visibility while driving increases the risk of a crash.
Action Need To Fix It:
Dealers will install a new wiper cover with improved sealing and water resistance. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification will begin during September 2001. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.
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2001 Ford Windstar Recall

Item Affected:
Date Announced:
Description of Recall:
On certain minivans, water and other contaminants (dirt, salt, etc.) can enter into the right rear passenger compartment due to a missing body sealer This could cause a short circuit in the electrical connector at the rear wire harness. A short circuit can lead to malfunction of the rear lighting system, reverse park-aid system, or trailer tow electrical system. A sustained short circuit can result in melted connectors and potentially lead to a fire.
Action Need To Fix It:
Dealers will inspect the electrical connector and surrounding area for absence of body sealing and corrosion. If corrosion is present, dealers will service the body gaps, repair corroded connectors, and apply a protective patch to the connector assembly and body hole. If corrosion is not present but the body sealer is missing, dealers will service the body gaps and apply a protective patch to the connector assembly and body hole. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began April 5, 2002. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.
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2000 Ford Windstar Recall

Item Affected:
Date Announced:
Description of Recall:
These minivans may have been built with incorrect urethane, resulting in an adhesive bond rather than the intended molecular bond for the front windshield and rear liftgate glass. If the bond deteriorates, it could provide less than the intended level of glass retention in the event of a crash.
Action Need To Fix It:
Dealers will replace the windshield and liftgate glass. The manufacturer reported that owner notification would begin during February 2000. Owners who do not receive the free replacement label and installation instructions within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.
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2000 Ford Windstar Recall

Item Affected:
Date Announced:
Description of Recall:
Certain minivans may have incorrect fuel line end forms that result in a lower than specified pull apart force for the installed fuel line connection.
Action Need To Fix It:
Dealers will install a fuel line clip on the fuel supply and return line connections at the rear of the chassis fuel line bundle. The manufacturer reported that owner notification began July 10, 2000. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.
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2000 Ford Windstar Recall

Item Affected:
Date Announced:
Description of Recall:
Certain Windstar minivans built with instrument clusters without a "message center" fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 118, "Power-operated Window, Partition, and Roof Panel Systems." If the key is placed in the "Accessory" position and remains there for more than 70 seconds, all accessories connected to the accessory relay, including the power windows, remain operable when the key is moved to the "OFF" position, even after either front door is opened. The standard requires that power operated windows may be closed only when the key is in the "On," "Start," or "Accessory" positions, or during the interval between the time the key is turned off, and the opening of either of the vehicle's front doors.
Action Need To Fix It:
Dealers will reconfigure the vehicle front end electronic module. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification was to begin on Jan. 22, 2001. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.
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2000 Ford Windstar Recall

Item Affected:
Date Announced:
Description of Recall:
On certain minivans equipped with an adjustable pedal option, the driver floor mat could interfere with the accelerator pedal, potentially resulting in a stuck throttle.
Action Need To Fix It:
Dealers will replace both front driver and passenger side floor mats in the vehicle. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began July 6, 2001. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.
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1999 Ford Windstar Recall

Item Affected:
Date Announced:
Description of Recall:
On certain minivans, the brake fluid master cylinder is recessed and oriented in the engine compartment so that the brake fluid warning statement embossed on both the top of the filler cap and the side of the reservoir body are not entirely visible by direct view. These vehicles may not fully comply with requirements of FMVSS No. 135, "Passenger Car Brake Systems".
Action Need To Fix It:
Owners will be provided with new labels and installation instructions. Owner notification was to begin in July 1999. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.
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1998 Ford Windstar Recall

Item Affected:
Date Announced:
Description of Recall:
On certain minivans, the brake fluid master cylinder is recessed and oriented in the engine compartment so that the brake fluid warning statement embossed on both the top of the filler cap and the side of the reservoir body are not entirely visible by direct view. These vehicles may not fully comply with requirements of FMVSS No. 135, "Passenger Car Brake Systems".
Action Need To Fix It:
Owners will be provided with new labels and installation instructions. Owner notification was to begin in July 1999. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.
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