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MAKE/MODELS: Ford/Escape
MODEL/BUILD YEARS: 2001-2004

MANUFACTURER: Ford Motor Company

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID NUMBER: 07V156000
MFR'S REPORT DATE: March 30, 2007

COMPONENT: Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Antilock: Control Unit/Module

POTENTIAL NUMBER OF UNITS AFFECTED: 446460

SUMMARY:
On certain sport utility vehicles equipped with Antilock Brakes (ABS), the ABS module connector may have missing or dislodged wire seals. This condition could allow contamination to enter the module connector, creating a potential for an electrical short.

CONSEQUENCE:
An electrical short might cause an ABS malfunction that would illuminate the ABS warning light, and in some cases, the module may overheat resulting in burning odor, smoke, and/or fire. This condition could occur either when the vehicle ignition switch is in the off position or while the vehicle is being operated.

Remedy:
Dealers will inspect the wire harness connector to the ABS module for missing or dislodged wire seals, and repair or replace the harness connector as appropriate. The dealer will also inspect the connector on the ABS module and replace it if it is found to be corroded or damaged. The recall began on April 23, 2007. Owners may contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.

NOTES:
Ford recall No. 07S51. Customers may 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.
 

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MAKE/MODELS: Mazda/Tribute
MODEL/BUILD YEARS: 2001-2004

MANUFACTURER: Mazda Motor Corp.

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID NUMBER: 07V157000
MFR'S REPORT DATE: March 30, 2007

COMPONENT: Service Brakes, Hydraulic: Antilock: Control Unit/Module

POTENTIAL NUMBER OF UNITS AFFECTED: 95300

SUMMARY:
On certain sport utility vehicles equipped with ANTILOCK Brakes (ABS), the ABS module connector may have missing or dislodged wire seals. this condition could allow contamination to enter the module connector, creating a potential for an electrical short.

CONSEQUENCE:
An electrical short might cause an ABS malfunction that would illuminate the ABS warning light, and in some cases, the module may overheat resulting in burning odor, smoke, and/or fire. This condition could occur either when the vehicle ignition switch is in the off position or while the vehicle is being operated.

REMEDY:
Dealers will inspect the wire harness connector to the ABS module for missing or dislodged wire seals, and repair or replace the harness connector as appropriate. The dealer will also inspect the connector on the ABS module and replace it if it is found to be corroded or damaged. The recall began on April 30, 2007. Owners may contact Mazda at 1-800-222-5500.

NOTES:
Mazda recall No. 4507C. Customers may 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.
 

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50 fires caused by a seal issue with the ABS Connector

Breaking News...
Ford Recalls Escape SUV

By KEN THOMAS
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON -- Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday it was recalling more than 500,000 Ford Escape sport utility vehicles after receiving reports of engine fires linked to corrosion on antilock brake connectors.

Ford said the recall involved 444,880 Escapes from the 2001-2004 model years in the United States, and about 75,000 Escapes in Canada, Mexico and Europe. The recall does not affect hybrid versions of the SUV, the automaker said.

Dearborn, Mich.-based Ford said there have been about 50 engine fires connected to the problems, which had been under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"There have been no reports of accidents or injuries. We have identified a repair, and owners of affected vehicles will be notified soon," said Ford spokeswoman Kristen Kinley.

The company said the recall would address missing or incorrectly installed seals on the wiring harness of the antilock brake connector.
Water and contaminants such as brake fluid or road salt could enter the connector and cause corrosion. That could lead to the ABS warning indicator lighting up, an open fuse or in some cases smoking, melting or burning of the electrical ABS connector.

Dealers will inspect the vehicles for corrosion and replace the connector and ABS module if necessary. Ford said it expects most vehicles will not have any corrosion concern, and will have the connector greased and reconnected.

Owners can call Ford at (800) 392-3673
for more information about the recall.
 
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