The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is an office within the NHTSA which investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations for the 1996 Ford Contour, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. INVESTIGATION: BLOWER SWITCH/RESISTOR OR WIRING HARNESS

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA01001

    Component(s): Electrical System

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

  2. INVESTIGATION: BLOWER SWITCH/RESISTOR OR WIRING HARNESS

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE00023

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: June 14, 2000
    • Date Closed: January 05, 2001
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Electrical System

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

  3. INVESTIGATION: HEADLIGHT SWITCH

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE98063

    Component(s): Exterior Lighting

    Summary: ODI opened the preliminary evaluation on December 3, 1989 based on five consumer complaints, all of which mentioned concerns centered on the dashboard-mounted headlight switch.these concerns included an allegation of the switch catching fire, an allegation of headlight loss, and three allegations of instrument panel and tail light outages.three of the reports specifically identified the headlight switch and its associated wiring as having been heat damaged.Ford investigations have found that overheating of an electrical terminal at the headlight switch connector causes loss of the instrument panel and tail lights.Ford will remedy this condition in 1996-1998 model Contour and Mystique vehicles built at the Kansas City assembly plant from April 20, 1995 through August 12, 1998 and at the cautitlan, Mexico assembly plant from June 13, 1995 through August 24, 1998 under recall 99V-103.the remedy involves replacement of the headlight switch connector and if necessary, the switch itself.this preliminary evaluation is closed.

  4. INVESTIGATION: INCORRECT GEAR INDICATION

    NHTSA Defect Investigation #RQ02006

    Component(s): Power Train

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

  5. INVESTIGATION: VARIOUS INTERMITTENT ELECTRICAL ISSUES

    NHTSA Defect Investigation #RQ99019

    Component(s): Unknown Or Other

    Summary: There is no summary currently available