Exterior Lighting
Exterior Lighting:Brake Lights
Exterior Lighting:Brake Lights:Switch
Exterior Lighting:Tail Lights
Exterior Lighting:Tail Lights:Switch
Service Brakes, Hydraulic:Switches:Brake Light

Date Announced
Vehicles Affected
NHTSA Campaign #
RQ03008
Summary
Ford conducted a recall in March, 2001 to correct a defect affecting the brake light switch in MY 2000 through early-2001 Taurus and Sable vehicles equipped with power adjustable pedals (recall 01V-078).RQ03-008 was opened to investigate complaints concerning the remedy and scope of 01V-078.ODI's analysis identified concerns with post-repair failures in recalled vehicles, failures in MY 2001-02 vehicles with adjustable pedals that were not included in recall 01V-078, and failures in MY 2000 vehicles with fixed pedals.(note: The manufacturer failure data in this resume includes all crashes and injuries, but the complaint information is limited to MY 2001-02 vehicles that were not included in the scope of recall 01V-078.)on March 1, 2004, Ford notified NHTSA of a safety defect in MY 2000 through early-2003 Taurus and Sable vehicles equipped with adjustable pedals and MY 2000 subject vehicles equipped with fixed pedals (recall 04V-106).the notification identified three factors contributing to brake light circuit failures:(1) continuing grease contamination issues that prompted 01V-078; (2) misalignment of the booster rod pin and the brake light switch; and (3) wire assembly fatigue.the first two conditions were limited to vehicles with adjustable pedals and the latter condition affected vehicles with fixed pedals.Ford will instruct owners to bring their vehicles to a dealer to have the brake light switch and associated wiring replaced with a re-designed brake light switch and wiring assembly.
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