February 24, 2002
Ford is recalling 640,975 1995 Mustang, Taurus, and Mercury Sable cars because of problem in the engine cooling system that can start a fire under the hood. Eight fires have been reported because the engine cooling fan motor bearing may be too tight and can overhead the engine.
February 12, 2002
Ford recalled 1995 Ford Mustang, 1995 Mercury Sable, and 1995 Ford Taurus, which affect a potential 695,260 units. Manufactured from April 1994 to August 1995, the defect is on certain Taurus/Sable vehicles equipped with 3.0 liter and 3.8-liter engines and Mustang vehicles with 3.8 liter and 5.0 liter engines. On these Ford vehicles it is possible for the engine-cooling fan bearing to seize. In this circumstance excessive heat could generate, melting the fan motor electrical connector. The components inside the cooling fan motor could ignite and result in an under hood fire.
In response to the Ford recall problems the dealers will inspect the engine cooling fan assembly and install a circuit breaker. When the cooling fan is inoperative the fan and motor assembly will be replaced. January 2002 the manufacturer began to send owner notification, and those owners who do not receive the free recall fix should contact Ford directly.
October 31, 2001
Ford recalled over 1 million vehicles that have a faulty switch on the windshield wipers that could cause a fire. The recall includes the Mercury Sable, amongst other Ford models. There have been forty fires reported in association to the problem. A switch located on the plastic cover of the wiper motor gear case can malfunction and overheat, causing the wiper to fail and cause smoke or fire on the plastic cover.
October 30, 2001
The 1998 models of the Mercury Mystique that were built at the Kansas City Assembly Plant contain front coil springs that can corrode and fracture and cause a possible tire puncture.
October 25, 2001
Ford has agreed to settle a lawsuit over a faulty, allegedly fire-prone ignition switch that affects 22 million Ford, Mercury, and Lincolns. The class action settlement involves all Ford, Mercury, and Lincoln vehicle that was made from 1983-95.
October 8, 2001
The NHTSA increased the number of deaths due to tread separations and blowouts of Firestone tires by 68. There are now 271 fatalities because of the tire defects, and Firestone announced the recall of 3.5 million Wilderness AT tires installed on certain Ford Explorers and Mercury Mountaineers.
September 6, 2001
Ford has recalled more than 1.1 million of their vehicles, including the Mercury Cougar coupes. There were reports of fires with problems with the air conditioning/heating system that led to the Mercury recalls.
July 13, 2001
Ford recalled 1.4 million 2001 vehicles, including Mercury Grand Marquis because of improper latching of the seat restraints. The seat restraints may not latch if pushed hard enough and the release button does not return to its full position after latching, leading to reduced passenger protection.
January 23, 2001
Ford recalled 67,200 1999-2000 Mercury Villagers because certain minivans there are one or more of the five bolts that mount the rack and pinion steering gear to the vehicle that may have been improperly tightened. The looseness in the steering can continued use could cause the bolts to fracture or fall out and reduce steering control.