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NHTSA Announces Ford Escape HEV Recall


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Make / Models :
FORD / ESCAPE HEV
Model/Build Years:
2006

Manufacturer : FORD MOTOR COMPANY
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 06V382000
Mfg's Report Date : SEP 29, 2006
Component: POWER TRAIN:DRIVELINE
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 6164

Summary:
ON CERTAIN FRONT WHEEL DRIVE HYBRID VEHICLES, THE INTERMEDIATE SHAFT MAY NOT HAVE BEEN PROPERLY HEAT TREATED AND MAY FRACTURE WHILE THE VEHICLE IS BEING DRIVEN.

Consequence: IF A FRACTURE OCCURS, THE POWERTRAIN WILL LOSE THE ABILITY TO TRANSMIT TORQUE TO THE DRIVE WHEELS AND THE TRANSMISSION WILL NOT HOLD THE VEHICLE STATIONARY WHEN PLACED IN THE PARK POSITION, WHICH COULD RESULT IN A CRASH.

Remedy:
DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE DRIVETRAIN INTERMEDIATE SHAFT AND REPLACE IT IF NECESSARY. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE OCTOBER 23, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FORD AT 1-800-392-3673.

Notes:
FORD RECALL NO. 06S44. CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.