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Safety Recall 06S45 - 2005 Ford Five Hundred - Door Latch Freezing

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Description: The door latches on certain 2005 model year Ford Five Hundred and Mercury Montego, and certain 2005-2006 Freestyle vehicles may not latch when operated in areas with temperatures significantly below freezing in combination with a wet environment. If not latched properly, a door may open while driving.

06S45 Certain 2005 Model Year Ford Five Hundred, Mercury Montego, and Certain 2005-2006 Ford Freestyle Vehicles - Door Latch Freezing

October 2, 2006

TO: All U.S. Ford and Lincoln Mercury Dealers

INFORMATION ONLY

SUBJECT: Awareness Communication:
Upcoming Recalls Affecting Certain 2005 Model Year Ford Five Hundred, Mercury Montego, and Certain 2005-2006 Ford Freestyle Vehicles
1. Safety Recall 06S45 Addressing Door Latch Freezing in 31 Cold/Wet Weather States
2. Regional Recall 06R13 Addressing Door Latch Freezing in the Remaining 19 States

Reason For This Communication

To provide you advance information that Ford Motor Company is notifying the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of an upcoming Safety Recall 06S45 on affected vehicles currently registered in 31 cold weather states. Concurrently, we will launch Regional Recall 06R13 on vehicles currently registered in the remaining 19 states. (See below for a listing of states affected by each program.) Once NHTSA has been informed, there is a possibility that you may be contacted by customers about the recall. This notice will help you answer customer questions.

Reason For Safety Recall 06S45

The door latches on certain 2005 model year Ford Five Hundred and Mercury Montego, and certain 2005-2006 Freestyle vehicles may not latch when operated in areas with temperatures significantly below freezing in combination with a wet environment. If not latched properly, a door may open while driving.

Reason For Safety Recall 06R13

Concurrently, we will launch Regional Recall 06R13 to provide coverage to owners of vehicles currently registered in the remaining 19 states. This program will inform them that if their vehicle is subject to winter weather conditions similar to Safety Recall 06S45, or in the event they relocate or travel to one of the affected states in cold, wet winter weather, they may return to their dealer to have the same remedy performed at no-charge.

Affected Vehicles

Service Action

It is anticipated that the complete dealer bulletin providing repair instructions and other details will be provided to dealers late October, 2006, once parts to repair this condition are available.

OASIS AND FSA VIN LISTS

OASIS and FSA VIN lists will be activated once the full dealer bulletin has been issued in late October.

Customer Notification

Owners of affected vehicles will be notified after dealers have received service repair and parts ordering information. It is anticipated that customer notification will begin early November, 2006.

The vehicles affected by Safety Recall 06S45 are currently registered in the following states (and all Canadian Provinces):

  • Alaska
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

The vehicles affected by Regional Recall 06R13 are currently registered in the following states:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Hawaii

This is an INFORMATION ONLY for dealers so far but its going to have a large impact on a lot of folks.

Have More Questions?

Contact Ford Motor Company Customer Relationship Centre at 1-888-222-2751.