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May 5, 2011

NHTSA Probes Ford SUVs


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is looking into multiple reports of the liftgate glass on Ford SUVs shattering for no apparent reason. The models being investigated are Ford Escape and Mercury Mariners built before Oct. 11, 2010.

Granted, most of these incidents occurred during cold weather and all occurred while opening or closing the gate, but the glass should never shatter unless impacted. There have been a few injuries from the shattered glass. At this time, Ford is telling dealers to replace the glass if there has been no impact.

The NHTSA has not issued a recall at this time, but it is probably coming. If you are concerned you can visit the NHTSA website or the NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for contact information.

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