Recall: 2007-2008 Expedition: LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES:DOORS:LATCH

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[FONT=&quot]NHTSA #: [/FONT][FONT=&quot]72036,72039[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] Make: FORD
Model: EXPEDITION
Model Year: 2007-2008
MFG Campaign #: 08S03

Description: LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES, DOORS:LATCH

Manufacturer that filed defect/noncompliance report: FORD MOTOR COMPANY
Begin Date of MFG: 3/3/2006
End Date of MFG: 8/9/2007
Vehicle, Equipment, or Tire report: V

Number of units affected: 123,632
Date owner notified by MFG: 3/5/2008

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

Defect Summary: FORD IS RECALLING 123,632 MY 2007-2008 EXPEDITION AND LINCOLN NAVIGATOR VEHICLES. THE DOOR HANDLE HOUSING EMBOSSMENT RETAINING THE BOTTOM OF THE INTERIOR DOOR HANDLE SPRING ON ALL SIDE DOORS MAY FRACTURE DURING NORMAL CUSTOMER USAGE. THIS CAN RESULT IN INSUFFICIENT SPRING FORCE TO RETURN THE HANDLE TO THE FULLY CLOSED POSITION. THE HANDLE MAY BE LOOSE CAUSING A RATTLE OR NOISE AND THE HANDLE MAY NOT RETURN TO THE FULLY CLOSED POSITION. THIS CONDITION MAY ALSO PROVIDE A DELAYED RESISTANCE WHEN ACTUATING THE HANDLE PRIOR TO OPENING THE DOOR.

Consequence Summary: IN THE EVENT OF A SIDE IMPACT CRASH, THE INTERIOR DOOR HANDLE MAY CAUSE THE DOOR LATCH TO OPEN INCREASING THE RISK OF INJURY TO A VEHICLE OCCUPANT.

Corrective Summary: DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE INTERIOR HANDLE SPRING ON ALL SIDE DOORS. THE RECALL BEGAN ON MARCH 5, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FORD AT 1-800-392-3673. [/FONT][FONT=&quot]
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Recall Notes: FORD RECALL NO. 08S03 CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153).[/FONT]
 

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