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FED AGENCY REPORTS RECALLS OF VARIOUS CARS, VANS, TRUCKS

Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than one million vehicles because a faulty switch on the windshield wipers could cause a fire.

Ford spokesman Mike Vaughn said 40 fires have been reported in connection with the problem, but no flames have entered the passenger compartment. No accidents or injuries were reported, Vaughn said.

The recall involves 2000 and 2001 models of the Ford Focus, Taurus, Expedition, Excursion and F-series pickups; the Lincoln Continental, Town Car and Navigator; and the Mercury Sable. Nearly 1.1 million of the recalled vehicles were made between February and September 2000.

Ford began notifying owners of affected vehicles about the recall in September. The recall was included in a monthly list of recalls released Tuesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Other recalls in the report include:

1998 models of the Ford Contour and Mercury Mystique built at the Kansas City Assembly Plant. The front coil springs can corrode and fracture and possibly puncture a tire. The recall involves 108,000 cars registered in the District of Columbia and 20 northern states with high concentrations of salt on the road.

98,000 Dodge Ram vans from the 2000 and 2001 model years. The power seat connector under the drivers seat can short circuit in the presence of road debris, possibly resulting in a fire.

115,000 Nissan Sentras from the 2000 and 2001 model years. A defect in the steel wheel can cause it to separate from the mounting hub without prior warning.

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