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POWER TRAIN:DRIVELINE

NHTSA RECALL BULLETIN


Reference Number(s): 06V382000

VEHICLE DESCRIPTION
Model(s): 2006 FORD ESCAPE HEV

Campaign No: 06V382000

Number of Affected Vehicles: 6164

Beginning Date of Manufacture: 2005 JUL

Ending Date of Manufacture: 2006 APR

SYSTEM
POWER TRAIN:DRIVELINE

DESCRIPTION OF DEFECT
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 OF DEFECT
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.

CORRECTIVE ACTION
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.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration operates Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Eastern Time. For more information call (800) 424-9393 or (202) 366-0123. For the hearing impaired, call (800) 424-9153.
 
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