WASHINGTON - Ford Motor Co. hoped that the sharing of engineering and parts by its luxury brands would be invisible to the public, but a pair of safety recalls has thwarted the plan in one case.
About 121,000 of the 2000-01 Lincoln LS and Jaguar S-Type sedans are being recalled for the same problem. They are assembled in plants on two continents.
They are among 2.8 million Ford Motor-built vehicles recalled in the latest announcement by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The NHTSA said that nuts attaching lower ball joints to lower control arms on the LS and S-Type models were not tightened properly and may come loose. The ball joint stud could break, and the vehicle would be difficult to control.
Ford and Jaguar blamed the problem on faulty manufacturing, which they say has been corrected.
Dealers are to tighten the fasteners or replace ball joints.
The recalls, involving more than 82,000 Lincolns and nearly 39,000 Jaguars, started in late November but were made public by NHTSA on Feb. 15.
They are among more than a dozen recalls of Ford products.
Here are other Ford recalls reported by NHTSA:
2000-01 FORD EXPLORER SPORT, EXPLORER SPORT TRAC; 2001 FORD RANGER
Problem: Hood striker breaks; hood flies open.
Fix: Replace hood striker.
2001 FORD WINDSTAR, CROWN VICTORIA; MERCURY GRAND MARQUIS; LINCOLN TOWN CAR
Problem: Screws are missing from circuit boards in front or side crash sensors or restraint control module; airbags may not function properly.
Fix: Replace sensors and module.
2000-01 FORD FOCUS WITH FOLDING 60/40 SECOND SEAT
Problem: Under certain loading conditions, folded seat back hinge disengages.
Fix: Replace hinge pivot.
2000 FORD FOCUS
Problem: Wires in deck lid harness break; taillights fail.
Fix: Replace harness.
2001 FORD ESCAPE, MAZDA TRIBUTE
Problem: Windshield wiper linkage disengages from broken ball socket; wipers fail.
Fix: Replace wiper module.
Number: 46,000 Escapes; 24,000 Tributes.
2000 FORD MUSTANG GT WITH 4.6-LITER ENGINE
Problem: Coolant does not flow to heater core; heater and defroster do not work.
Fix: Remove blockage at intake manifold to coolant flow.
1997-98 FORD EXPLORER, MERCURY MOUNTAINEER WITH 4.0-LITER ENGINE
Problem: Deposits in throttle body cause operator to press hard on accelerator, creating danger of engine surge.
Fix: Replace throttle body.
1995-97 FORD EXPLORER, MERCURY MOUNTAINEER
Problem: Front stabilizer bar links break loose.
Fix: Install stronger links.
1993-98 MERCURY VILLAGER; NISSAN QUEST
Problem: Fuel leaks through cracks in tank vent hose.
Fix: Replace vent hose.
Number: 394,000 Villagers; 268,000 Quests.
1995-96 FORD CONTOUR, MERCURY MYSTIQUE WITH 2.5-LITER ENGINE
Problem: Engine cooling fan motor overheats.
Fix: Install positive temperature coefficient device at fan motor.
1997 FORD AEROSTAR WITH 3.0-LITER ENGINE
Problem: Wire strands inside kinked acelerator cable gradually break, impede throttle's return to idle.
Fix: Replace cable.
1993 FORD F-150, F-250, F-350 WITH DUAL FUEL TANKS
Problem: Carbon steel fuel pressure regulator fails; fuel is pumped to nonoperating tank, which may overflow.
Fix: Install stainless steel regulator.
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Here are other recalls reported by NHTSA:
1999 VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT; AUDI A4, A6, A8
Problem: Tie rod seals fail to protect swivel bearing mechanisms; steering control deteriorates.
Fix: Replace tie rods.
2000-01 ISUZU TROOPER WITH FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE AND TORQUE-ON-DEMAND TRANSMISSION
Problem: Movement of powertrain in a crash causes fuel leaks.
Fix: Install reinforced fuel hose.
2001 CADILLAC SEVILLE; 2000-01 CADILLAC LIMOUSINE, HEARSE, ARMORED CAR
Problem: Tire pressure label is inaccurate.
Fix: Send each owner a new label.
1999-2001 CHEVROLET, GMC C/K CHASSIS CAB
Problem: Exhaust fumes may seep into passenger compartment.
Fix: Replace body pressure relief valves if not sealed properly.
2001 BMW 325i, 330i
Problem: Wheels may have been damaged during tire mounting. Tires could unexpectedly go flat.
Fix: Replace wheels.
2001 SUBARU LEGACY
Problem: Casting flaw in right front bearing housing can lead to wheel bearing failure or loss of steering.
Fix: Replace housing.
2001 SUBARU LEGACY
Problem: In extreme cold, fuel hoses leak.
Fix: Replace hoses.