Ford recalls 1 million vehicles

WASHINGTON — Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than a million vehicles from the 2000-01 model years because of possible windshield wiper failures.

The 14 affected model lines are Mercury Sable; Lincoln Continental, Town Car and Navigator; Ford Focus, Taurus, Expedition and Excursion; and F-150 through F-650 trucks.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said a switch inside a plastic cover on the wiper motor gear case may malfunction and overheat. Besides the loss of wiper functions, the problem can cause smoke or fire.

The covers are to be replaced, the agency said.

Ford previously had announced a similar recall of some 2000-01 Windstar minivans.

NHTSA, in its monthly listing, also reported these safety recalls:

1997-2001 CHEVROLET VENTURE, PONTIAC TRANS SPORT/MONTA-NA, OLDSMOBILE SILHOUETTE

Problem: Welds on passenger-side power sliding door actuator fail, leaving door unlatched.

Fix: Replace actuator.

Number: 314,000.

2000-01 NISSAN SENTRA

Problem: Steel wheels crack, break.

Fix: Replace wheels.

Number: 115,000.

2001 NISSAN PATHFINDER

Problem: Rear hatch strut brackets bend, break loose; hatch falls.

Fix: Replace brackets.

Number: 31,000.

2000-01 DODGE INTREPID; CHRY-SLER CONCORDE, LHS, 300M

Problem: B-pillar is padded inadequately for head protection.

Fix: Attach storage bin accessory unit to pillar.

Number: 98,000.

2000-02 ACURA 3.2TL

Problem: Front seat belt buckles jam.

Fix: Replace buckles.

Number: 8,000.

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