Auto Recalls for Consumers

1998 FORD EXPLORER Recall - Campaign #03V281000

 
Auto Recalls For Consumers

1998 FORD EXPLORER RECALL - #03V281000

RECALL FOR SEATS : FRONT ASSEMBLY : RECLINER

ON CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH HIGH BACK SEATS, THE UPPER BOLT ON THE DRIVER'S SIDE HIGH BACK SEAT, THAT ATTACHES THE SEAT RECLINER MECHANISM TO THE SEAT BACK FRAME, COULD FRACTURE. IF THE BOLT FRACTURES AND DOES NOT JAM IN THE SEAT BACK FRAME, THE SEAT BACK MAY RECLINE UNTIL IT MAKES CONTACT WITH AN OBJECT BEHIND THE SEAT, SUCH AS THE SECOND ROW SEAT CUSHION.

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Recall Details
Vehicle 1998 FORD EXPLORER
Manufacturer FORD MOTOR COMPANY
Manufactured between 5/13/1997 - 12/24/2000
Recalled on 8/7/2003
Influenced by OFFICE OF DEFECTS INVESTIGATION
Owners Notified on 8/29/2003
# Affected 1,552,880
Recalled for SEATS:FRONT ASSEMBLY:RECLINER
 
Description ON CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH HIGH BACK SEATS, THE UPPER BOLT ON THE DRIVER'S SIDE HIGH BACK SEAT, THAT ATTACHES THE SEAT RECLINER MECHANISM TO THE SEAT BACK FRAME, COULD FRACTURE. IF THE BOLT FRACTURES AND DOES NOT JAM IN THE SEAT BACK FRAME, THE SEAT BACK MAY RECLINE UNTIL IT MAKES CONTACT WITH AN OBJECT BEHIND THE SEAT, SUCH AS THE SECOND ROW SEAT CUSHION.
Consequences THE DRIVER COULD POTENTIALLY LOSE CONTACT WITH THE STEERING WHEEL OR FOOT PEDALS DURING SUCH AN EVENT, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Corrective action DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE DRIVER SEAT UPPER BOLT WITH A METAL SPACER AND BOLT. IN ADDITION, SEATS WITH TUBULAR BACK FRAMES WILL HAVE THE FULLY THREADED LOWER RECLINER BOLT REPLACED WITH A PARTIALLY THREADED BOLT. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN ON AUGUST 29, 2003. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT FORD AT 1-800-392-3673.
Notes FORD RECALL NO. 03S04.CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
See also 1998 FORD EXPLORER Recall for ELECTRICAL SYSTEM, IGNITION, ANTI-THEFT CONTROLLER

1998 FORD EXPLORER Recall for FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE, DELIVERY, HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS

1998 FORD EXPLORER Recall for VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

1998 FORD EXPLORER Recall for LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES, HOOD, LATCH

1998 FORD EXPLORER Recall for EXTERIOR LIGHTING

1998 FORD EXPLORER Recall for TIRES, TREAD/BELT

1998 FORD EXPLORER Recall for VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

1998 FORD EXPLORER Recall for VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

1998 FORD EXPLORER Recall for VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
Technical Service Bulletins Dec 06, 2005 - 106000 POWER TRAIN:AXLE ASSEMBLY
FRONT AXLE LEAKS FLUID FROM VENT TUBE - VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH 4X4 OR AWD. *TT

Apr 28, 2005 - 021000 SUSPENSION:FRONT
REVISED PROCEDURE FOR ADJUSTING ALIGNMENT ON ALL SUSPENSIONS - NEW RIGHT HAND UPPER CONTROL ARM DESIGN FOR TORSION BAR FRONT SUSPENSIONS. *TT

Apr 28, 2005 - 103100 POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:CONTROL MODULE (TCM, PCM)
GENERAL (PCM) POWER TRAIN CONTROL MODULE PROGRAMMING PROCEDURES. *TT

Aug 05, 2004 - 032100 SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:SWITCHES:BRAKE LIGHT
LAMP-BRAKE-INVADVERTENT DISABLING OF BRAKE SHIFT INTERLOCK. *MJ

Jul 27, 2004 - 021230 SUSPENSION:FRONT:SPRINGS:AIR SUSPENSION SYSTEM
AIR RIDE CONTROL LAMP ON AFTER SHOCK ABSORBER REPLACEMENT / CONTACT REQUEST. *TT

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