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Recalled: 1993-1998 Mercury Villager

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: Mercury Villager Years: 1993-1998

Number Involved: 394,000

Dates of Manufacture: November 1991 - June 1998

Defect: On certain minivans, the fuel tank vent hose allows air to vent from the fuel tank during refueling. Cracks have developed in the vent hose. If (1) the fuel tank is overfilled, not allowing excess fuel in the vent hose to flow back into the tank, (2) the vehicle is driven only a short distance after refueling and, (3) there is subsequently significant heating of the fuel tank, the fuel in the tank can expand into the vent hose and leak fuel. Fuel leakage in the presence of an ignition source can result in a fire.

Remedy: Dealers will replace the vent hose. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification will begin during February 2001. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.

[NHTSA Recall No. 00V419002/Ford Recall No. 00S59]