Recalls

Find the latest 2000 Mercury Cougar recalls as issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Manufacturers.

Dates of Manufacture December 1997 - September 2000
Dates of Manufacture May 1999 - August 2000
Manufacturer Recall No. 01S02
Manufacturer Recall No. 01S08
Models Involved Taurus, Cougar
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID 01V031
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID 01V078
Potential Number of Units Affected 120000
Potential Number of Units Affected 157000
Remedy Dealers will inspect the battery cable to the alternator for damage and if it is damaged, will replace the cable. Additionally, the routing of the cable will be corrected, as necessary, and a routing clip will be added. Also the torque on the alternator attachment of the cable will be checked and, as required, will be tightened to specification. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began on March 5, 2001. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.
Remedy Dealers will replace the brake lamp switch and wipe down the adjustable pedal assembly to remove excess grease. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began on March 26, 2001. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.
Summary On certain passenger vehicles equipped with 2.5-liter V6 engines, the battery cable was misrouted and its attachment to the alternator cable was under-torqued. If misrouted, the cable could contact the power steering line and the insulation could wear, resulting in an electrical short. The short could potentially result in a fire, stalling, or a condition under which the vehicle does not start.
Summary On certain passenger vehicles equipped with adjustable pedals, if the grease from the adjustable pedal assembly enters the stop lamp switch, it can contaminate the contacts leading to carbon build up, and potentially, a short circuit. A short circuit could lead to either the brake lamps staying on or to a loss of brake lamp function, increasing the risk of a crash.
Dates of Manufacture December 1997 - September 2000
Dates of Manufacture May 1999 - August 2000
Manufacturer Recall No. 01S02
Manufacturer Recall No. 01S08
Models Involved Taurus, Cougar
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID 01V031
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID 01V078
Potential Number of Units Affected 120000
Potential Number of Units Affected 157000
Remedy Dealers will inspect the battery cable to the alternator for damage and if it is damaged, will replace the cable. Additionally, the routing of the cable will be corrected, as necessary, and a routing clip will be added. Also the torque on the alternator attachment of the cable will be checked and, as required, will be tightened to specification. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began on March 5, 2001. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.
Remedy Dealers will replace the brake lamp switch and wipe down the adjustable pedal assembly to remove excess grease. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began on March 26, 2001. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673.
Summary On certain passenger vehicles equipped with 2.5-liter V6 engines, the battery cable was misrouted and its attachment to the alternator cable was under-torqued. If misrouted, the cable could contact the power steering line and the insulation could wear, resulting in an electrical short. The short could potentially result in a fire, stalling, or a condition under which the vehicle does not start.
Summary On certain passenger vehicles equipped with adjustable pedals, if the grease from the adjustable pedal assembly enters the stop lamp switch, it can contaminate the contacts leading to carbon build up, and potentially, a short circuit. A short circuit could lead to either the brake lamps staying on or to a loss of brake lamp function, increasing the risk of a crash.