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Ford Recalls 1995 Contour-Engines
Cenex Harvest States Cooperatives Recall to Inspect Propane Gas
FORD RECALLS 1995 CONTOUR-ENGINES
Ford Motor Company is recalling 300,000 1995 Contour and Mercury Mystique sedans equipped with the 2.5 V6 engine. Tightening of the engine cooling fan motor bearings, up to and including motor stall, can result in increased motor torque and higher than normal motor current and accompanying high motor temperatures.
Overheating of the cooling fan motor due to excessive current can result in smoke and odors from bearing grease, insulation and other internal motor components. If electrical current continues to be applied to the motor, internal motor components could ignite possibly igniting other engine compartment components.
The recall notice is at the following http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/recalls/mmy.cfm at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
CENEX HARVEST STATES COOPERATIVES RECALL TO INSPECT PROPANE GAS
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Cenex Harvest States Cooperatives (CHS) of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, is voluntarily coordinating the testing of propane gas delivered to dealers in five states. The propane may not have contained enough odorant to allow consumers to smell leaking gas, presenting a fire, explosion or thermal burn hazard to consumers.
CHS learned of two explosions involving propane gas in Montana that resulted in four injuries. CHS is coordinating the testing of propane gas distributed to the following dealers to ensure that the propane produced at the CHS Refinery in Laurel, Montana contained adequate quantities of odorant.
Propane Plant, Challis
Supply Cooperative, Council
Propane Plant, Jerome
Union Oil, Baker
Mountain Supply, Belgrade
Union Oil, Chinook
View Co-op, Dutton
Union Oil, Great Falls
Union Association, Hardin
Country Operations, Havre
Country Operations, Kalispsell
and Country Co-op, Laurel
Montana Propane, Lewistown
Union Oil, Lodge Grass
Country Operations, Miles City
Country Operations, Missoula
Union Oil, Worden
Propane Plant, John Day
Farmers Supply, Mt. Vernon
County Co-op, Buffalo
Propane Plant, Gillette
Co-op Oil, Sherida
Horn Co-op Association, Worland
For more information, call County Energy, LLC, an affiliate of CHS, 24 hours per day at (800) 635-3998. The CPSC point of contact is Ken Giles, release number 01-061, (301) 504-0580 Ext. 1184. The notice issued by the CPSC can be viewed at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml01/01061.html
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