NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 1997 Ford Escort

The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is an office within the NHTSA which investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations for the 1997 Ford Escort, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. WATER INTRUSION INTO AIRBAG MONITOR NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA02008

    Component(s): Air Bags

    Summary: By letter of December 6, 2002, Ford notified the Agency that it would conduct a safety recall on all 1997 Ford Escort and Mercury tracer vehicles.Ford found that electrical shorting of the integrated air bag monitor (iabm)due to liquid intrusion of water or engine coolant can occur in the subject vehicles.Ford and Lincoln Mercury dealers will install a protective shield over the iabm and apply nyogel grease to it's electrical connector.see Ford's December 6, 2002 defect and noncompliance information report for details.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #EA02008 »

  2. INTEGRATED AIR BAG MONITOR WATER NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE02010

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: January 30, 2002
    • Date Closed: June 10, 2002
    • Recall: no recall issued

    Component(s): Air Bags

    Summary:

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #PE02010 »

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