Ford Motor Co. misses its Oct. 1 launch date for the '01 Windstar and is forced to idle assembly plants in St. Thomas, Ont., (Crown Victoria/Grand Marquis) and Wixom, MI, (Lincoln Town Car) this week because of a shortage of replacements for a batch of defective computer modules. It is the latest fallout from a software glitch in the computer module that controls the passive restraint system (see Ward's Automotive Reports — Sept. 18, '00 p.5). Incompatibility problems between the new ...

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