November 17, 2005

Ford recalls nearly 224,000 vehicles to fix wipers

DETROIT (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co. on Thursday said it was
recalling nearly 224,000 vehicles because their windshield
wipers may malfunction.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the
windshield wiper motor on the vehicles may have been produced
without grease being applied to the output shaft gear.

Inoperative windshield wipers could cause a crash due to
impaired visibility, NHTSA said.

Ford spokeswoman Kristen Kinley said no accidents or
injuries had been reported in connection with the recall.

Trucks, SUVs, pickups and cars are all involved in the
recall. Vehicles affected, all from the 2006 model year and
mostly in the United States, include the Escape, Expedition,
Explorer, F-150, Ranger, Taurus, Mark LT, Navigator, Mariner
and Mountaineer.

They also include the Ford E-150, E-250, E-350 and E-450.

The recall follows a report on Wednesday that Ford was
recalling nearly 226,000 vehicles in the United States and
Canada, including its flagship Ford Five Hundred sedan and
Freestyle wagon, because of fire risks.