Ford Motor Co. loses about 5,700 units of '01 Windstar minivan production and recalls 22,081 vehicles including Crown Victoria/Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car because of a software glitch in the computer module that controls the passive restraint system (see Ward's Automotive Reports — Sept. 11, '00, p.1). It causes airbags to deploy on their own and seatbelts to tighten suddenly. The system was successfully introduced on the '00 Taurus/Sable and continues to operate without incident on ...

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