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Recall List for the 2001 Ford Explorer

Official recalls have been issued for the 2001 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. 2001 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. 2001 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. 2001 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. 2001 Ford Explorer VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL NHTSA Campaign #07V336000

    • Date Announced: AUGUST 03, 2007
    • Vehicles Affected: 3,600,000

    Summary: On certain pickup trucks, passenger vehicles, sport utility vehicles, and motor homes chassis, the speed control deactivation switch may, under certain conditions, leak internally and then overheat, smoke, or burn.

    Consequence: This could result in an underhood fire.

    Actions: Dealers will install a fused wiring harness. Owners of the passenger cars included in this campaign will be instructed to return their vehicles to their dealers to have the speed control deactivation switch disconnected as an interim repair. As soon as repair parts are available (expected October 2007), owners will be instructed to return to the dealers for installation of a fused wiring harness. The recall began on August 13, 2007, and mailing completed by September 19, 2007. Owners may contact Ford at 1-888-222-2751. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #07V336000 »

  5. 2001 Ford Explorer FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE NHTSA Campaign #06E056000

    • Date Announced: JUNE 13, 2006
    • Vehicles Affected: 58,640

    Summary: Certain aftermarket fuel filters sold under the purolator brand name, P/N F65277, shipped from January 16 through June 2, 2006, for use on the above listed passenger vehicles. Due to incorrect design, the quick connectors may not fully seat with the tube interface, even though the person making the connection may believe that the quick connector is fully attached.

    Consequence: Failure of this connection could lead to fuel spillage and, in the presence of an ignition source, a fire could occur.

    Actions: Ufi will notify owners and replace the filters free of charge. The recall began on August 4, 2006. Owners may contact ufi filters usa at 800-230-5876. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #06E056000 »

  6. 2001 Ford Explorer EXTERIOR LIGHTING NHTSA Campaign #06E049000

    • Date Announced: MAY 24, 2006
    • Vehicles Affected: 27,176

    Summary: Certain ck motorsports combination headlights, clear corner, bumper, and side marker lights sold as replacement lamps for use on the 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: Ck motorsport will notify owners and replace the noncompliant lamps free of charge. The recall began on July 1, 2006. Owners may contact ck motorsport at 1-909-610-7211. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #06E049000 »

  7. 2001 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 »

  8. 2001 Ford Explorer VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL:CABLES NHTSA Campaign #03V280000

    • Date Announced: AUGUST 05, 2003
    • Vehicles Affected: 448,005

    Summary: On certain sport utility vehicles equipped with speed control and 4.0L SOHC engines, if the strand cover on the speed control cable becomes flared at the end, the speed control cable may bind when the speed control is activated.

    Consequence: The throttle return spring force may not be sufficient to overcome the binding condition when the speed control is disengaged. Braking function would be maintained though stopping distances may be increased.

    Actions: Dealers will inspect the speed control cable and, if necessary, replace it. Owner notification began August 29, 2003. Owners should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #03V280000 »

  9. 2001 Ford Explorer SEATS:FRONT ASSEMBLY:RECLINER NHTSA Campaign #03V281000

    • Date Announced: AUGUST 05, 2003
    • Vehicles Affected: 1,552,880

    Summary: On certain sport utility vehicles equipped with high back seats, the upper bolt on the driver's side high back seat, that attaches the seat recliner mechanism to the seat back frame, could fracture. If the bolt fractures and does not jam in the seat back frame, the seat back may recline until it makes contact with an object behind the seat, such as the second row seat cushion.

    Consequence: The driver could potentially lose contact with the steering wheel or foot pedals during such an event, increasing the risk of a crash.

    Actions: Dealers will replace the driver seat upper bolt with a metal spacer and bolt. In addition, seats with tubular back frames will have the fully threaded lower recliner bolt replaced with a partially threaded bolt. Owner notification began on August 29, 2003. Owners should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #03V281000 »

  10. 2001 Ford Explorer STRUCTURE NHTSA Campaign #03V094000

    • Date Announced: MARCH 07, 2003
    • Vehicles Affected: 3,674

    Summary: Certain pickup truck, van, and mini van conversions equipped with Southern Comfort built running boards that contain certain courtesy lights manufactured by american technology components, Inc. These units contain a courtesy light or lights that might overheat when the wire harness is exposed to excessive moisture and road salt.

    Consequence: This overheating condition can cause the running board to melt or cause a fire.

    Actions: Dealers will replace the wiring harness on these running boards. Owner notification began March 7, 2003. Owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Southern Comfort at 1-800-745-6096. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #03V094000 »

  11. 2001 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 »

  12. 2001 Ford Explorer EQUIPMENT:OTHER:LABELS NHTSA Campaign #00V313000

    • Date Announced: OCTOBER 17, 2000
    • Vehicles Affected: 5

    Summary: Vehicle description: Certain sport utility vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of part 567.4, "certification." These vehicles were shipped from the assembly plant without safety certification labels.

    Consequence: Incorrect tire inflation pressure could result in tire tread separation, increasing the risk of a crash.

    Actions: Dealers will replace the certification labels. For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning recall #00V313000 »

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