With a broken bracket weld, there is a potential for the liftgate bracket to gradually bend inward allowing the lift cylinder ball stud to disengage, unexpectedly allowing the liftgate to fall from an open position.

Structure — Body — Hatchback/Liftgate — Support Device

Date Announced
NOV 03, 1999
Vehicles Affected
470,582
Ford Recall #
99S34
NHTSA Campaign #
99V310001
Summary
Vehicle description: On certain sport utility vehicles, the hydraulic lift cylinder bracket welds could fracture.
Actions
Dealers will install liftgate reinforcement brackets. Depending upon the condition of the liftgate sheet metal in the area of the bracket, dealers may also install a larger reinforcement.
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