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Recalled:1997 Ford Aerostar

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today released a list of auto safety recalls announced in November and December 2000 and urged consumers to have the problems fixed promptly. Ford Motor Company

Models: Ford Aerostar Year: 1997

Number Involved: 36,500

Dates of Manufacture: August 1996 - August 1997

Defect: On certain minivans equipped with 3.0-liter engines, an accelerator cable was kinked during installation, causing the core wires to eventually fray with wire strands breaking one at a time. This could increase the friction in the cable, causing the throttle to be slow to return to idle. This condition could result in a stuck throttle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy: Dealers will install a new accelerator cable. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification was to begin Jan. 22, 2001. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.

[NHTSA Recall No. 00V425/Ford Recall No. 00S56]