Recall: 2000-2001 Explorer Sport: STRUCTURE:BODY:HOOD:HINGE AND ATTACHMENTS

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[FONT=&quot]NHTSA #: [/FONT][FONT=&quot]75235,75236[/FONT][FONT=&quot]
Make: FORD
Model: EXPLORER SPORT
Model Year: 2000-2001
MFG Campaign #: 00S45

Description: STRUCTURE:BODY:HOOD:HINGE AND ATTACHMENTS

Manufacturer that filed defect/noncompliance report: FORD MOTOR COMPANY
Begin Date of MFG: 9/24/1999
End Date of MFG: 10/17/2000
Vehicle, Equipment, or Tire report: V

Number of units affected: 137,700
Date owner notified by MFG: 1/23/2001

Recall Initiator: MFR
MFG's of Recalled Vehicles/Products: FORD MOTOR COMPANY

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

Corrective Summary: DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE HOOD STRIKER.[/FONT]
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Recall 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).[/FONT]
 

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