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Recall List for the 1997 Ford Explorer

Official recalls have been issued for the 1997 Ford Explorer by the NHTSA. The complete details of all recalls are listed below, along with what they cover and the recommended solutions.

Recalls don't cost you anything to get fixed, but most are time-limited, so if your car is affected you should call your local Ford service department immediately!

If you have questions about a recall, write down your VIN & then call Ford customer service.

  1. 1997 Ford Explorer VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL NHTSA Campaign #09V399000

    • Date Announced: OCTOBER 13, 2009
    • Vehicles Affected: 4,500,000

    Summary: Ford is recalling model years 1995-2003 Windstar, 2000-2003 Excursion diesel, 1993-1997 and 1999-2003 F-250 sd through F-550 sd diesel, 1992-2003 E-150 through E-550, 1995-2002 Explorer, 1997 and 2002 Mercury Mountaineer, 1995-1997 and 2001-2003 Ranger, and 1994 F53 vehicles equipped with the Texas instruments speed control deactivation switch (scds). The scds may leak internally and then overheat, smoke, or burn.

    Consequence: A vehicle fire could occur with or without the engine running.

    Actions: Ford will notify owners that dealers will install a fused wiring harness in line with the scds. On 1999-2003 Windstar vehicles with a leaking scds, dealers will also inspect the ABS control module connector and repair as necessary. Repairs will be completed free of charge. The safety recall began on October 27, 2009. Owners may contact Ford at 1-888-222-2751. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #09V399000 »

  2. 1997 Ford Explorer EXTERIOR LIGHTING:HEADLIGHTS NHTSA Campaign #09E025000

    • Date Announced: MAY 11, 2009
    • Vehicles Affected: 42,540

    Summary: Dope, Inc. Is recalling 42,540 combination corner and bumper lamp assemblies of various part numbers sold for use as aftermarket equipment for various passenger vehicles. These headlamps fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard no. 108, "lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment." These lamps do not contain the required amber side reflectors.

    Consequence: Decreased lighting visibility may result in a vehicle crash.

    Actions: Dope, Inc. Will notify owners and offer a full refund for the noncompliant combination lamps. The safety recall began on July 28, 2009. Owners may contact dope, Inc. At 1-626-272-1798. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #09E025000 »

  3. 1997 Ford Explorer EXTERIOR LIGHTING NHTSA Campaign #09E012000

    • Date Announced: APRIL 07, 2009
    • Vehicles Affected: 16,270

    Summary: Sabersport is recalling 16,270 combination corner and bumper lamp assemblies of various part numbers sold for use as aftermarket equipment for various passenger vehicles. These headlamps fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard no. 108, "lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment." These lamps do not contain the required amber side reflectors.

    Consequence: Decreased lighting visibility may result in a vehicle crash.

    Actions: Sabersport will notify owners and offer a full refund for the noncompliant combination lamps. The safety recall began on May 11, 2009. Owners may contact sabersport at 1-909-598-7589. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #09E012000 »

  4. 1997 Ford Explorer EXTERIOR LIGHTING NHTSA Campaign #06E026000

    • Date Announced: MARCH 23, 2006
    • Vehicles Affected: 61,944

    Summary: Certain pro-a motors corner lamps, turn signals, and headlights sold as replacement lamps for use on certain passenger vehicles listed above. Some combination lamps that are not equipped with amber side reflectors fail to conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard no. 108, lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment.

    Consequence: Without the amber reflectors, the vehicle will be poorly illuminated, possibly resulting in a vehicle crash without warning.

    Actions: Pro-a motors will notify owners and offer to repurchase the lamps. The recall began on April 3, 2006. Owners may contact pro-a motors at 323-838-2988. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #06E026000 »

  5. 1997 Ford Explorer TIRES:TREAD/BELT NHTSA Campaign #01X001000

    • Date Announced: MAY 22, 2001
    • Vehicles Affected: 13,000,000

    Summary: This is not a safety recall in accordance with the Safety Act. However, it is deemed a safety improvement campaign by the Agency. Equipment description: Ford is replacing all Firestone Wilderness AT 15, 16, and 17 inch tires mounted on Ford trucks and SUVS. Ford reports tread separation can occur due to a combination of the sensitivity of the tire design to stress, aging, and manufacturing differences between plants. Ford is replacing these tires to prevent possible premature tire failure. Vehicle description: The vehicles listed below may have been originally equipped with Firestone Wilderness AT tires or may have had Wilderness AT tires installed during the Firestone recall launched in August 2000. Certain 1991 throught 2002 Ford Explorer certain 2001 throught 2002 Explorer Sport, and Sport Trac certain 1997 through 2002 Mercury Mountaineer certain 1991 through 2001 Ranger certain 1999 through 2001 Expedition certain 1991 through 1994, and 1997 model year F-series certain 1991 through 1994 Bronco note: Both original equipment and replacement tires are affected.

    Consequence: Should the tread separate at highway speeds, a vehicle crash could occur, possibly resulting in personal injury or death.

    Actions: The replacement/reimbursement program for this campaign expired on March 31, 2002. However, customers can contact Ford at 1-877-917-3673 or go on-line to www.Ford.com for possible assistance. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #01X001000 »

  6. 1997 Ford Explorer VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL NHTSA Campaign #00V422000

    • Date Announced: DECEMBER 27, 2000
    • Vehicles Affected: 220,000

    Summary: Vehicle description: Sport utility vehicles equipped with 4.0L SOHC engines and still retain the original throttle body (part numbers 97jf-9E926ab or 97jf-9E926-ac). Some of the original throttle bodies installed allowed a gap between the plate and bore to be built too narrow. This reduced clearance allowed the engine deposits normally present in the throttle body to contact or bridge the gap. If the engine deposits bridged the gap between the throttle plate and bore and then hardened, on the initial application of the accelerator pedal after the engine has cooled, the operator would need to apply additional force to the accelerator pedal to break the bridge.

    Consequence: This could result in engine surge when the accelerator pedal breaks free.

    Actions: Dealers will replace the original throttle bodies. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #00V422000 »

  7. 1997 Ford Explorer SUSPENSION NHTSA Campaign #00V402000

    • Date Announced: NOVEMBER 28, 2000
    • Vehicles Affected: 810,000

    Summary: Vehicle description: Sport utility vehicles. Under certain conditions, a front sway bar link can fracture.

    Consequence: Vehicle handling could be affected, increasing the risk of a crash.

    Actions: Dealers will replace both the left and right front sway bar links. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #00V402000 »

  8. 1997 Ford Explorer TIRES:TREAD/BELT NHTSA Campaign #00T005000

    • Date Announced: AUGUST 21, 2000
    • Vehicles Affected: 14,400,000

    Summary: Tire description: Firestone Wilderness AT, size P235/75R15, produced at the Decatur, Illinois tire plant and all Firestone radial ATX and radial ATX II tires, size P235/75R15. Operation of these tires at low inflation pressures, high speed, and in hot weather, can contribute to separation of the tire tread.

    Consequence: If the tread separates from the tire, the driver can lose control of the vehicle, possibly resulting in a crash causing injury or death.

    Actions: The replacement/reimbursement program for this campaign expired on August 29, 2001. However, customers should contact Firestone customer service at 1-800-465-1904 for possible assistance. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #00T005000 »

  9. 1997 Ford Explorer EXTERIOR LIGHTING NHTSA Campaign #00V168000

    • Date Announced: JUNE 19, 2000
    • Vehicles Affected: 20,637

    Summary: Vehicle description: Mini vans, light pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Off lease Canadian vehicles equipped with daytime running lights which meet Canadian requirements and not the photometric requirements of FMVSS 108, "lamps, reflective devices, and associated equipment." According to Ford, the vehicles were imported into the U.S. erroneously.

    Consequence: The light given off from the daytime running lights is brighter than allowed by U.S. standards.

    Actions: Dealers will be advised to deactivate the running light function and to complete any outstanding safety recalls on these vehicles. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #00V168000 »

  10. 1997 Ford Explorer VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL NHTSA Campaign #99V062001

    • Date Announced: MARCH 30, 1999
    • Vehicles Affected: 898,739

    Summary: Vehicle description: Certain 1997-1999 RHD Explorer equipped with 4.0L OHV/SOHC engines and cruise control built from May 29, 1996 through March 4, 1999; 1998-1999 Explorer/Mountaineer equipped with 4.0L OHV/SOHC or 5.0L engines or 1998-1999 Ranger equipped with 2.5L, 3.0L FFV/EFI or 4.0L engines and cruise control built from January 5, 1998 through March 4, 1999; 1998-1999 mustangs equipped with 3.8L, 4.6L 2-valve or 4-valve engines and cruise control built from March 2, 1998 through March 4, 1999; 1999 F250/F350/F450/F550 (over 8,500 lbs.) trucks equipped with 5.4L or 6.8L engines and cruise control built from March 2, 1998 through March 4, 1999; and 1999 F-53 stripped chassis equipped with 5.4L or 6.8L engines and cruise control built from March 2, 1998 through March 4, 1999. A cruise control cable can interfere with the speed control servo pulley and not allow the throttle to return to idle when disengaging the cruise control.

    Consequence: If the cruise control is used and this condition is present, a stuck throttle could result, which could potentially result in a crash.

    Actions: Dealers will replace the cruise control cables. At the present time, the replacement cables are not available. Customers are being advised not to use the cruise control system until a replacement can be made. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #99V062001 »

  11. 1997 Ford Explorer FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS NHTSA Campaign #98V060000

    • Date Announced: MARCH 19, 1998
    • Vehicles Affected: 320,000

    Summary: Vehicle description: Multi-purpose passenger vehicles equipped with 4.0L single overhead cam engines. The engine fuel lines can be damaged if the vehicle is jump started and the ground cable is attached to the fuel line bracket that is located near the battery. Since the bracket is not grounded, the stainless steel fuel line braid could act as a ground potentially overheating the ptfe inner liner of the fuel line resulting in damage to the fuel line.

    Consequence: The fuel lines can leak, and in the presence of an ignition source, a fire could potentially result.

    Actions: Dealers will install a warning label on the fuel line bracket advising owners not to use it for a jump start ground. Also a revised bolt will be installed in the alternator bracket to provide a convenient jump start ground location. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #98V060000 »

  12. 1997 Ford Explorer VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL NHTSA Campaign #97V074000

    • Date Announced: APRIL 30, 1997
    • Vehicles Affected: 23,000

    Summary: Vehicle description: Multi-purpose passenger vehicles equipped with 5.0L engines originally sold or currently registered in the states of Alaska, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Michigan (upper peninsula only), Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. These vehicles, when operated for extended periods of time at highway speeds and temperatures below -20 degrees farenheit, do not return to idle due to ice in the throttle body.

    Consequence: Although the vehicle can be controlled by either applying the service brakes or shifting the transmission to neutral, increased brake pedal efforts or some increase in stopping distance can result.

    Actions: Dealers will install a revised PCV system with water heated vacuum source. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #97V074000 »

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