WASHINGTON - Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than 1.8 million sport-utilities and minivans, but for two relatively small problems.
One recall involves 932,000 Ford Explorers and Mercury Mountaineers from the 1998-99 model years. They have secondary hood latches whose pivots are prone to corrode, and the latches could stick in the open position, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.
If primary latches are released while secondary latches are stuck open, hoods could fly up, the agency said. Dealers are to install new secondary latches that are coated to prevent corrosion.
Ford spokesman Mike Vaughn said nine reports of hoods flying open have been received, but no reports of crashes or injuries related to the problem have been made.
The second recall involves 956,000 Ford Windstars from the 1996-99 model years, but owners do not have to return vehicles to dealers.
NHTSA said that because of the position of the minivans' master cylinders, the required brake fluid warning statements are not fully visible. Ford will send owners new labels with installation instructions.
American Honda Motor Co. is conducting three recalls of 1999 Honda Odyssey minivans, NHTSA said.
About 25,000 LX and EX vehicles are being recalled because ice can form in throttle bodies and prevent throttles from returning to idle. Dealers are to drill more holes in air intake resonators to prevent the problem, the agency said.
Company spokesman Art Garner said the only reports of the problem so far have come from northern Canada, where temperatures were extremely low.
He said the other two recalls involve vehicles that are among the 25,000 receiving the throttle repair.
On 21,000 of the LX and EX minivans, dealers are to replace latches on sliding side doors because they may not close securely.
On about 5,000 EX minivans, remote-control door-lock actuators are to be replaced. Because of excess grease in the actuators, levers that are released when a door is opened may not return promptly enough to the proper position for latching when the door is reclosed.
Here are other recalls reported by NHTSA on its monthly list:
1999 SUZUKI VITARA
Problems: During installation of rear speakers, wires may have been crimped, creating a fire hazard, and seat-belt anchor bolts may not have been properly torqued.
Fix: Repair wiring and retorque bolts.
1998-99 JAGUAR XJ8, XK8
Problem: Transmission gear teeth break, locking up drivetrain.
Fix: Replace transmission.
1999 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SERAPH, BENTLEY ARNAGE
Problem: Incorrectly located thermostat causes seats to overheat.
Fix: Add additional temperature control device for each seat.
1997-98 FERRARI 550 MARANELLO
Problem: Steering becomes stiff from overheated power steering fluid.
Fix: Replace power steering cooling coil, oil tank, oil lines, pump and box.
1995-98 FERRARI 456GT, 456GTA
Problems: Fuel lines leak if aluminum barrel nuts have been overtightened, and heater hoses are exposed in driver foot well, creating scalding danger.
Fix: Install fuel lines with steel barrel nuts, and put panel over heater hoses.
Number: 268 for fuel lines; 248 for heater hoses.