DETROIT (Reuters) - U.S. safety regulators have upgraded a probe into 1997 model-year Ford Escort and Mercury Tracer compact cars because of electrical fires and inadvertent deployment of their air bags. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Monday that 396,208 Escorts and Tracers were thought to be susceptible to the fires and sudden air bag deployments, which occur when water or engine coolant leaks into the air bag monitor system. Ford Motor Co. , which has ...
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